Definition of "fancy" []

  • The mental faculty through which whims, visions, and fantasies are summoned up; imagination, especially of a whimsical or fantastic nature. See Synonyms at imagination. (noun)
  • An image or a fantastic invention created by the mind. (noun)
  • A capricious notion; a whim. (noun)
  • A capricious liking or inclination. (noun)
  • Critical sensibility; taste. (noun)
  • Not plain; ornamented or decorative (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Requiring skill to perform; intricate (adjective)
  • Arising in the imagination; capricious or illusory (adjective)
  • (often used ironically) superior in quality or impressive (adjective)
  • Higher than expected (adjective)
  • (of a domestic animal) bred for particular qualities (adjective)
  • A sudden capricious idea; whim (noun)
  • A sudden or irrational liking for a person or thing (noun)
  • 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 (noun)
  • An idea or thing produced by this (noun)
  • A mental image (noun)
  • Taste or judgment, as in art of dress (noun)
  • A composition for solo lute, keyboard, etc, current during the 16th and 17th centuries (noun)
  • To picture in the imagination (verb)
  • To suppose; imagine (verb)
  • To like (verb)
  • To have a high or ill-founded opinion of oneself (verb)
  • To have a wish for; desire (verb)
  • To be physically attracted to (another person) (verb)
  • To breed (animals) for particular characteristics (verb)
  • An exclamation of surprise or disbelief (exclamation) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "fancy" in a sentence
  • "What the Chinese eat is a mystery, and such queer compounds enter into their _menu_ that I would give everybody who dines with a Chinaman this advice -- don't enquire too minutely into what is placed before you, or you will eat nothing, and so offend your host; bolt it and fancy it is something nice -- and _fancy_ goes for something at times, I can assure you."
  • "IV. iv.493 (354,2) [and by my fancy] It must be remembered that _fancy_ in this author very often, as in this place, means _love_."
  • "I did not use the term fancy doctor to be sarcastic."