I. transitive verb
Date: 14th century
1. to have a fancy for ; like
2. to form a conception of ; imagine <fancy our embarrassment> 3. a. to believe mistakenly or without evidence b. to believe without being certain <she fancied she had met him before> 4. to visualize or interpret as <fancied myself a child again> Synonyms: see think II. noun (plural fancies) Etymology: Middle English fantasie, fantsy imagination, image, illusion, preference, from Anglo-French fantasie illusion, from Latin phantasia, from Greek, appearance, imagination, from phantazein to present to the mind (middle voice, to imagine), from phainein to show; akin to Old English gebōned polished, Greek phōs light Date: 15th century 1. a. a liking formed by caprice rather than reason ; inclination <took a fancy to the mutt> b. amorous fondness ; love 2. a. notion, whim b. an image or representation of something formed in the mind 3. archaic fantastic quality or state 4. a. imagination especially of a capricious or delusive sort b. the power of conception and representation used in artistic expression (as by a poet) 5. taste, judgment 6. a. devotees of some particular art, practice, or amusement b. the object of interest of such a fancy; especially boxing I III. adjective (fancier; -est) Date: 1646 1. dependent or based on fancy ; whimsical 2. a. (1) not plain ; ornamental <a fancy hairdo> (2) swanky 2, posh <a fancy restaurant> b. (1) of particular excellence or highest grade <fancy tuna> (2) impressive <posted some fancy numbers> c. of an animal or plant bred especially for bizarre or ornamental qualities that lack practical utility 3. based on conceptions of the fancy <fancy sketches> 4. a. dealing in fancy goods b. extravagant <paying fancy prices> 5. executed with technical skill and style <fancy footwork> <fancy diving> 6. parti-color <fancy carnations> • fancily adverb • fanciness noun
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.