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Meaning of FANCY

Pronunciation:  'fansee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  fancy was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than imagination
  2. [n]  something many people believe that is false; "they have the illusion that I am very wealthy"
  3. [n]  a predisposition to like something; "he had a fondness for whiskey"
  4. [adj]  not plain; decorative or ornamented; "fancy handwriting"; "fancy clothes"
  5. [v]  imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind; "I can't see him on horseback!"; "I can see what will happen"; "I can see a risk in this strategy"
  6. [v]  have a fancy or particular liking or desire for; "She fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window"

FANCY is a 5 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: aureate, baroque, battlemented, busy, castellated, castled, churrigueresco, churrigueresque, crackle, crenelate, crenelated, crenellate, crenellated, damascene, damascened, damask, dressy, elaborate, embattled, envision, fanciful, fantasy, figure, flamboyant, florid, fondness, fussy, garnished, go for, illusion, image, indented, lacelike, lacy, luxuriant, partiality, phantasy, picture, project, puff, puffed, rich, rococo, see, showy, take to, vermicular, vermiculate, vermiculated, visualise, visualize
 Antonyms: plain
 See Also: adorned, bubble, conceive of, decorated, desire, envisage, ideate, ignis fatuus, imagination, imaginativeness, imagine, like, liking, misconception, rhetorical, vision, want, will-o'-the-wisp, wishful thinking



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fan"cy\, n.; pl. {Fancies}. [Contr. fr. fantasy, OF.
    fantasie, fantaisie, F. fantaisie, L. phantasia, fr. Gr.
    ???????? appearance, imagination, the power of perception and
    presentation in the mind, fr. ???????? to make visible, to
    place before one's mind, fr. ??????? to show; akin to ????,
    ???, light, Skr. bh[=a]to shine. Cf. {Fantasy}, {Fantasia},
    {Epiphany}, {Phantom}.]
    1. The faculty by which the mind forms an image or a
       representation of anything perceived before; the power of
       combining and modifying such objects into new pictures or
       images; the power of readily and happily creating and
       recalling such objects for the purpose of amusement, wit,
       or embellishment; imagination.
             In the soul Are many lesser faculties, that serve
             Reason as chief. Among these fancy next Her office
             holds.                                --Milton.
    2. An image or representation of anything formed in the mind;
       conception; thought; idea; conceit.
             How now, my lord ! why do you keep alone, Of
             sorriest fancies your companoins making ? --Shak.
    3. An opinion or notion formed without much reflection;
       caprice; whim; impression.
             I have always had a fancy that learning might be
             made a play and recreation to children. --Locke.
    4. Inclination; liking, formed by caprice rather than reason;
       as, to strike one's fancy; hence, the object of
       inclination or liking.
             To fit your fancies to your father's will. --Shak.
    5. That which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice
       without much use or value.
             London pride is a pretty fancy for borders.
    6. A sort of love song or light impromptu ballad. [Obs.]
    {The fancy}, all of a class who exhibit and cultivate any
       peculiar taste or fancy; hence, especially, sporting
       characters taken collectively, or any specific class of
       them, as jockeys, gamblers, prize fighters, etc.
             At a great book sale in London, which had
             congregated all the fancy.            --De Quincey.
    Syn: Imagination; conceit; taste; humor; inclination; whim;
         liking. See {Imagination}.
  2. \Fan"cy\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fancied}, p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To figure to one's self; to believe or imagine something
       without proof.
             If our search has reached no farther than simile and
             metaphor, we rather fancy than know.  --Locke.
    2. To love. [Obs.] --Shak.
  3. \Fan"cy\, v. t.
    1. To form a conception of; to portray in the mind; to
             He whom I fancy, but can ne'er express. --Dryden.
    2. To have a fancy for; to like; to be pleased with,
       particularly on account of external appearance or manners.
       ``We fancy not the cardinal.'' --Shak.
    3. To believe without sufficient evidence; to imagine
       (something which is unreal).
             He fancied he was welcome, because those arounde him
             were his kinsmen.                     --Thackeray.
  4. \Fan"cy\, a.
    1. Adapted to please the fancy or taste; ornamental; as,
       fancy goods.
    2. Extravagant; above real value.
             This anxiety never degenerated into a monomania,
             like that which led his [Frederick the Great's]
             father to pay fancy prices for giants. --Macaulay.
    {Fancy ball}, a ball in which porsons appear in fanciful
       dresses in imitation of the costumes of different persons
       and nations.
    {Fancy fair}, a fair at which articles of fancy and ornament
       are sold, generally for some charitable purpose.
    {Fancy goods}, fabrics of various colors, patterns, etc., as
       ribbons, silks, laces, etc., in distinction from those of
       a simple or plain color or make.
    {Fancy line} (Naut.), a line rove through a block at the jaws
       of a gaff; -- used to haul it down.
    {Fancy roller} (Carding Machine), a clothed cylinder (usually
       having straight teeth) in front of the doffer.
    {Fancy stocks}, a species of stocks which afford great
       opportunity for stock gambling, since they have no
       intrinsic value, and the fluctuations in their prices are
    {Fancy store}, one where articles of fancy and ornament are
    {Fancy woods}, the more rare and expensive furniture woods,
       as mahogany, satinwood, rosewood, etc.
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