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Fancy (plural fancies)
  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.


Fancy (comparative fancier, superlative fanciest)

  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.


Fancy (third-person singular simple present fancies, present participle Fancying, simple past and past participle fancied)

  1. (formal) To appreciate without jealousy or greed.
    I fancy your new car, but I like my old one just fine.
  2. (UK) would like
    I fancy a burger tonight for dinner
    Do you fancy going to town this weekend?
  3. (UK, 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.

Adjectives for Fancy

passing; distorted; subjective; sportive delicate; religious; bubbling; enthusiastic deluding; school-girl; ingenious; boundless superstitious; starry; virgin; quainter; tenderer ; changeful; fond; disturbed; poetical; stray; youthful; difficult; ungrateful; irritable; popular; flesh-imprisoned; wild; prodigal; subtle; shadowy; groundless; ridiculous; childish; morbid; curious; vagrant; wayward; thick-coming (pi); fluttering; riotous; trustworthy; fermenting; exquisite; languid; incipient; airiest; feeble; preposterous; lingering; sudden; busy; extravagant; fickle; romantic; correlated; luxuriant; restless; quaint; hopeless; hypochondriacal; cruel; angry; later; odd; gushing; fecund; timorous; sweet; strange; voluptuous; gentle; mystical; insistent; long-faded; quick-springing; torpid; ardent; credulous; rambling; captious; wheeling; playful; giddy; unfirm; crude; disordered; unreciprocated; fastidious; irregular; excited; distempered; ever-veering; pardonable; unearthly; waking; fragrant; flying; footless; viewless; fugitive; worthless; delicious; violent gloomy; wild-looking; mere; weak-hinged; scheming; frivolous; hideous; thoughtful; diseased; quavering; extraordinary, idolatrous.

Verbs for Fancy

breed—; build with—; catch—; chime with—; cure of—; crystallize—; dally with in —ies; draw upon—; excite—; fit—; free from—; indulge in—; lead by—; press upon —; reject—; restrain—; —conceives.

Adverbs for Fancy

chmierically; erroneously; subjectively; enthusiastically; boundlessly; superstitiously; tenderly; poetically; ridiculously; childishly; morbidly; waywardly; romantically; voluptuously; frivolously; whimsically; idolatrously.

Synonyms for Fancy



  • (be sexually attracted to): like (US)
  • (would like to): feel like (US)


Antonyms for Fancy



Derived terms


Amor, Babylonian, Byzantine, Christian love, Corinthian, Daedalian, Eros, Platonic love, a bit much, abandoned, account as, adept, admiration, adoration, adorned, adroit, affection, affinity, agape, aim at, ambitious, animus, apparition, appetence, appetency, appetite, apprehension, approve, apt, arabesque, ardency, ardor, artistic, assume, attachment, attraction, authoritative, automatic response, awe-inspiring, awful, bag, barbaric, baroque, be afraid, be desirous of, be fond of, be partial to, bee, befrilled, believe, bent, bias, blind impulse, bodily love, boundless, boutade, brain wave, brainchild, brainstorm, bravura, brilliant, brotherly love, bubble, burn with love, busy, capriccio, caprice, capricious, care for, caritas, charity, chichi, chimera, choice, choose, chosen kind, classy, clean, clever, coin, colored, command, complex, complicated, conation, conatus, conceit, conceive, concept, conception, conceptualize, conclude, concoct, concupiscence, conjecture, conjugal love, conjure up, consider, contrariness, coordinated, costly, crack, crackerjack, crank, crave, craving, craze, crazy idea, create, creation, creativeness, creativity, crotchet, cunning, cup of tea, curiosity, cute, cutthroat, daedal, daresay, daydream, dear, dear-bought, decision, decorated, decorative, deem, deft, delirium, delusion, delusive, deluxe, desiderate, desideration, desire, determination, devotion, dexterous, dextrous, diplomatic, discretion, disposition, divine, dote on, dote upon, dream, dream up, drive, druthers, eagerness, egregious, eidolon, elaborate, elegant, embellished, embroidered, endorse, enormous, envisage, envisagement, envision, envisioning, esteem, estimate, exacting, exaggerated, excellent, excessive, exorbitant, expect, expensive, experience imaginatively, expert, extortionate, extravagant, extreme, fable, fabricate, fabrication, fabulous, fad, faithful love, fanciful, fantasize, fantasque, fantastic, fantastic notion, fantasticism, fantasy, fascination, favor, feel, fervor, festooned, fiction, fictionalize, figment, figurative, figured, fine, flamboyant, flame, flash, fleeting impulse, flight of fancy, flimflam, florid, flossy, flowery, fondness, fool notion, freak, freakish inspiration, free choice, free love, free will, free-lovism, frilly, fumes of fancy, fussy, gather, gigantic, gingerbread, glorious, gluttonous, go for, good, goodish, gouging, graceful, grand, grandiose, grant, grossly overpriced, guess, gut response, hallucination, handy, hankering, harebrained idea, hatch, have a hunch, have an idea, have an impression, have an inkling, have designs on, have eyes for, have it bad, have the idea, heart, hero worship, high, high-class, high-flown, high-flying, high-priced, high-toned, high-wrought, highfalutin, highfaluting, hold, hold as, hope, horme, humor, hunger for, hyperbolic, hypertrophied, idea, ideate, idle fancy, idolatry, idolism, idolization, illusion, illusory, image, imagery, imagination, imaginativeness, imagine, imagining, imago, immoderate, imposing, impression, impressive, impulse, inclination, incontinent, infer, inflated, inflationary, ingenious, inordinate, inspiration, instinct, insubstantial image, intellectual curiosity, intellectual object, intemperate, intention, intricate, invent, invention, inventiveness, involuntary impulse, irrationality, judge, kink, labored, lasciviousness, leaning, let, let be, libido, like, liking, lofty, long for, longing, look upon as, love, lovemaking, lush, lust, lust after, lust for learning, luxuriant, luxurious, luxury, maggot, magisterial, magnificent, maintain, majestic, make up, make-believe, married love, masterful, masterly, megrim, memory-trace, mental image, mental impression, mind, mirage, mold, monstrous, moresque, mutual affinity, mutual attraction, myth, natural impulse, neat, need, nightmare, no mean, noble, not affordable, notion, objectification, objective, observation, of great cost, opine, opinion, originate, ornamental, ornamented, ornate, ostentatious, out of bounds, out of sight, outrageous, overbig, overcharged, overdeveloped, overelaborate, overelegant, overgreat, overgrown, overlabored, overlarge, overloaded, overmuch, overpriced, overweening, overworked, overwrought, palatial, partiality, particular choice, passing fancy, passion, peculiarity, penchant, perception, personal choice, perverseness, phantasm, phantom, physical love, picture, picturesque, pine for, pleasure, pleasure principle, plush, politic, popular regard, popularity, posh, predilection, predisposition, prefer, preference, prefigure, prejudice, premium, prepossession, preposterous, presume, presuppose, presurmise, pretentious, pretty-pretty, pricey, prime, princely, proclivity, produce, professional, proficient, prohibitive, propensity, proud, provisionally accept, purple, quality, quick, quick hunch, quirk, quite some, ready, recept, reckon, reflection, reflex, regard, representation, repute, resolution, resourceful, rich, ritzy, rococo, romance, sanction, say, select, sentiment, set down as, sex, sexual desire, sexual love, shape, shine, sick fancy, skillful, skyrocketing, slick, some, special, spiraling, spiritual love, splendacious, splendid, splendiferous, stately, statesmanlike, steep, stiff, style, stylish, sudden thought, sumptuous, superb, superfancy, superfine, superior, suppose, supposition, surmise, suspect, swank, swanky, swell, sympathy, tactful, take, take for, take for granted, take it, take to, take to be, taste, tendency, tender feeling, tender passion, the compleat, the complete, theory, thick-coming fancies, thing, think, think up, thirst for knowledge, thought, tony, too much, top, toy, trip, trow, truelove, turn, type, unbridled, unconscionable, understand, undue, unpayable, unrealistic, unreality, unreasonable, unreasonableness, unrestrained, unwarranted, urge, usurious, uxoriousness, vagary, vapor, vaunting, velleity, view as, virtuoso, vision, visionary, visualize, volition, want, wanting, weakness, ween, well-done, whim, whim-wham, whimsical, whimsy, wildest dreams, will, will and pleasure, will power, wish, wish for, wish fulfillment, wish to goodness, wish very much, workmanlike, worship, would fain do, yearning

Alternative forms

  • 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)






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