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fancy

fan·cy

fancy

 
 
pronunciation:
faen si
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
inflections: fancies
definition 1: an idea, opinion, or preference, sometimes not based on reason or reality.
He cherished the fancy that someday he would be a star.
synonyms:
conceit, fantasy, idea, phantasm, vision
similar words:
crotchet, daydream, dream, fiction, figment, humor, illusion, liking, mind, notion, pleasure
definition 2: imagination or tendency, sometimes of an extreme or unpredictable nature.
The avant-garde sculptor created bizarre objects of his fancy.
synonyms:
caprice, imagination
similar words:
fantasy, inclination, penchant, tendency
definition 3: a fondness for something, or the object thereof.
He has a fancy for chocolate.She is a recent fancy of his.
synonyms:
fondness, partiality, yen
similar words:
bent, desire, inclination, leaning, liking, penchant, predilection, preference, taste, weakness
definition 4: the free play of imagination, or the idea or thing produced by its use.
This dress is a fancy of the designer.
similar words:
caprice, conceit, creation, creativity, dream, generation, imagination, inspiration, invention, novelty, originality, whim, whimsy
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: fancier, fanciest
definition 1: elaborate, luxurious, or highly decorated.
I felt somewhat uncomfortable in their fancy apartment.It was a fancy cake with four tiers, and very expensive too.
synonyms:
classy, elaborate, luxurious
antonyms:
plain, severe, simple
similar words:
decorative, deluxe, extravagant, flamboyant, garish, lavish, lush, luxuriant, opulent, ornate, posh, showy, sumptuous
definition 2: of a superior quality and style appropriate to special or formal occasions.
These dresses are too casual for the wedding; I need something fancier.They celebrated their anniversary at a fancy restaurant downtown.
antonyms:
casual, everyday, ordinary
definition 3: showing skill or excellence.
She was still perfecting her fancy skating maneuvers.He bought her a box of fancy chocolates to apologize.
synonyms:
adept, excellent, fine
similar words:
choice, elegant, exceptional, magnificent, proficient, skillful, superb, superior
definition 4: excessive in cost.
They sure spent a fancy sum for their house.
synonyms:
dear, extravagant, lavish
similar words:
costly, exorbitant, expensive, posh
definition 5: pretentious in expression.
Please, no more fancy apologies.
synonyms:
pretentious
similar words:
flashy, florid, flowery, garish, gaudy, ostentatious, showy
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: fancied, fancies, fancying
definition 1: to imagine or picture.
Can you fancy your father as a spy?I fancied my date to be a bit younger.
synonyms:
envision, imagine, picture, visualize
similar words:
conceive, conjure, dream, envisage, fantasize, foresee, image, think
definition 2: to incline toward believing; suppose.
You'd like some privacy now, I fancy.I don't know how he fancied that I'd join him in such a crazy scheme.
synonyms:
imagine, suppose
similar words:
believe, guess, reckon, surmise, suspect, think
definition 3: to like or be fond of.
I've never really fancied pies with fruit.
synonyms:
like
similar words:
adore, enjoy, love, prefer
definition 4: (chiefly British) to have a desire for; feel like having or doing.
Do you fancy a cup of coffee?
definition 5: (chiefly British) to have a sexual interest in.
I thought he fancied me, but it was my friend he was really interested in.
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derivations: fancily (adv.), fanciness (n.)
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