I. transitive verb (fancied; fancying) 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 adverbfanciness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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