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English[]

Alternative spellings[]

  • fant'sy, Phant'sy (both obsolete)

Etymology[]

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)

Pronunciation[]

  • (US) IPA: /ˈfæn.si/
  • noicon
    (file)
    Rhymes: -ænsi

Noun[]

Singular
Fancy

Plural
fanc

Fancy (fanc)

  1. The imagination; an imagined image.
    The film rose from Stephen's fancy.
  2. A whim.
    I had a fancy to learn to play the flute.
  3. Love or amorous attachment.
    He took a fancy to her.
  4. Any sport or hobby pursued by a group.
    Trainspotting is the fancy of a special lot.
  5. The enthusiasts of such a pursuit.
    He fell out of favor with the boxing fancy after the incident.

Derived terms[]

Translations[]

Adjective[]

Fancy (comparative fanci, superlative er)

Positive
Fancy

Comparative
fanci

Superlative
er

  1. Decorative.
    This is a fancy shawl.
  2. Of a superior grade.
    This box contains bottles of the fancy grade of jelly.
  3. Executed with skill.
    He initiated the game winning play with a fancy, deked saucer pass to the winger.
  4. (colloquial) Unnecessarily complicated.
    I'm not keen on him and his fancy ideas.

Synonyms[]

  • (decorative): decorative, ornate
  • (unnecessarily complicated): high falutin

Antonyms[]

  • (decorative): plain, simple
  • (unnecessarily complicated): simple

Translations[]

Verb[]

Infinitive
to Fancy

Third person singular
fanc

Simple past
ed

Past participle
-

Present participle
i

to Fancy (third-person singular simple present fanc, present participle i, simple past and past participle ed)

  1. Template:Formal To appreciate without jealousy or greed.
    I fancy your new car, but I like my old one just fine.
  2. (British) would like to
    I fancy a burger tonight for dinner
    Do you fancy going to town this weekend?
  3. (British, informal) To be sexually attracted to.
    I fancy that girl over there.
  4. (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.

Synonyms[]

  • (be sexually attracted to): like (US)
  • (would like to): feel like (US,used only before a verb)

Translations[]

See also[]

  • fantasy
  • fancy man
  • fancy oneself
  • fancypants
  • fancy woman

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