[fan-see] /ˈfæn si/
noun, plural fancies.
imagination or fantasy, especially as exercised in a capricious manner.
the artistic ability of creating unreal or whimsical imagery, decorative detail, etc., as in poetry or drawing.
a mental image or conception:
He had happy fancies of being a famous actor.
an idea or opinion with little foundation; illusion:
Her belief that she can sing is a mere fancy.
a caprice; whim; vagary:
It was his fancy to fly to Paris occasionally for dinner.
capricious preference; inclination; a liking:
to take a fancy to walking barefoot in the streets.
critical judgment; taste.
the breeding of animals to develop points of beauty or excellence.
the fancy, Archaic. people deeply interested in a sport, art, etc.
adjective, fancier, fanciest.
made, designed, grown, adapted, etc., to please the taste or fancy; of superfine quality or exceptional appeal:
fancy goods; fancy fruits.
ornamental; decorative; not plain:
a cake with a fancy icing.
depending on imagination or caprice; whimsical; irregular:
a fancy conception of time.
bred to develop points of beauty or excellence, as an animal.
much too costly; exorbitant or extravagant:
a consultant who charges fancy fees.
verb (used with object), fancied, fancying.
to form a conception of; picture to oneself:
Fancy living with that egotist all your life!
to believe without being absolutely sure or certain:
I fancy you are my new neighbor.
to take a liking to; like.
to breed to develop a special type of animal.
(used as an exclamation of mild surprise):
They invited you, too? Fancy!
fancy up, to make superficially showy by way of improvement:
an old car fancied up with a bright new paint job.
adjective -cier, -ciest
not plain; ornamented or decorative: a fancy cake, fancy clothes
requiring skill to perform; intricate: a fancy dance routine
arising in the imagination; capricious or illusory
(often used ironically) superior in quality or impressive: a fancy course in business administration
higher than expected: fancy prices
(of a domestic animal) bred for particular qualities
noun (pl) -cies
a sudden capricious idea; whim
a sudden or irrational liking for a person or thing
the power to conceive and represent decorative and novel imagery, esp in poetry. Fancy was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than imagination See imagination (sense 4)
an idea or thing produced by this
a mental image
taste or judgment, as in art of dress
(music) Also called fantasy, fantasia. a composition for solo lute, keyboard, etc, current during the 16th and 17th centuries
(archaic) the fancy, those who follow a particular sport, esp prize fighting
verb (transitive) -cies, -cying, -cied
to picture in the imagination
to suppose; imagine: I fancy it will rain
(often used with a negative) to like: I don’t fancy your chances!
(reflexive) to have a high or ill-founded opinion of oneself: he fancied himself as a doctor
(informal) to have a wish for; desire: she fancied some chocolate
(Brit, informal) to be physically attracted to (another person)
to breed (animals) for particular characteristics
Also fancy that!. an exclamation of surprise or disbelief
mid-15c., contraction of fantasy, it took the older and longer word’s sense of “inclination, whim, desire.” Meaning “fans of an amusement or sport, collectively” is attested by 1735, especially (though not originally) of the prize ring. The adjective is recorded from mid-18c.
“take a liking to,” 1540s, a contraction of fantasien “to fantasize (about),” from fantasy (n.). Meaning “to imagine” is from 1550s. Related: Fancied; fancies; fancying. Colloquial use in fancy that, etc. is recorded by 1813.
adjective Pretentious; highfalutin: It’s fancy-Dan nomenclature (1930s+)
noun 1. Also called pan-Indian dancing. a fast Native American powwow dance that features jumping and twirling, with participants wearing bright colors and flying feathers and ribbons. 2. a dress ball.
noun 1. diving competition from a springboard into water, the contestants being judged chiefly by their grace and control in executing a specified series of dives in a prescribed manner.
noun 1. any of the series of specified dives executed in fancy diving, as the jackknife or gainer.