- fant'sy, Phant'sy (both obsolete)
From Middle English, a contraction of fantasy, from Old French fantasie, from Medieval Latin fantasia, from Late Latin phantasia (“‘an idea, notion, fancy, phantasm’”), from Ancient Greek (phantazein), “‘to render visible’”)
- The imagination; an imagined image.
- The film rose from Stephen's fancy.
- A whim.
- I had a fancy to learn to play the flute.
- Love or amorous attachment.
- He took a fancy to her.
- Any sport or hobby pursued by a group.
- Trainspotting is the fancy of a special lot.
- The enthusiasts of such a pursuit.
- He fell out of favor with the boxing fancy after the incident.
AdjectiveModificarFancy (comparative fancier, superlative fanciest)
- This is a fancy shawl.
- Of a superior grade.
- This box contains bottles of the fancy grade of jelly.
- Executed with skill.
- He initiated the game winning play with a fancy, deked saucer pass to the winger.
- (colloquial) Unnecessarily complicated.
- I'm not keen on him and his fancy ideas.
Third person singular
- Patrono:Formal To appreciate without jealousy or greed.
- I fancy your new car, but I like my old one just fine.
- (British) would like to
- (British, informal) To be sexually attracted to.
- I fancy that girl over there.
- (dated) To imagine.
- I fancy you'll want something to drink after your long journey
- Fancy meeting you here!
- Fancy that! I saw Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy kissing in the garden.