(noun, adjective, verb)


1. not plain; decorative or ornamented

- fancy handwriting

- fancy clothes

Similar word(s): adorned, decorated, aureate, flamboyant, florid, flossy, baroque, churrigueresco, churrigueresque, busy, fussy, dressy, crackle, damascene, damask, elaborate, luxuriant, battlemented, castellated, castled, embattled, fanciful, fantastic, lacelike, lacy, puff, puffed, rococo, vermicular, vermiculate, vermiculated, rhetorical

2. of a high quality.

3. impressive; fashionable.

Sentences with fancy as an adjective:

- This is a fancy shawl.

- This box contains bottles of the fancy grade of jelly.

- He initiated the game winning play with a fancy, deked saucer pass to the winger.

- I'm not keen on him and his fancy ideas.


1. something many people believe that is false

Similar word(s): fantasy, illusion, phantasy

Definition categories: thought, misconception

2. imagination or fantasy; held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than true imagination

- never had the wildest flights of fancy imagined such magnificence

Definition categories: thought, imagination, imaginativeness, vision

3. a predisposition to like something

- she had dismissed him quite brutally, relegating him to the status of a passing fancy, or less

Similar word(s): fondness, partiality

Definition categories: feeling, liking

Sentences with fancy as a noun:

- I had a fancy to learn to play the flute.

- He took a fancy to her.

- Trainspotting is the fancy of a special lot.

- the cat fancy

- He fell out of favor with the boxing fancy after the incident.


1. imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind

Similar word(s): envision, figure, image, picture, project, see, visualise, visualize

Definition categories: creation, envisage, ideate, imagine

2. have a fancy or particular liking or desire for

Definition categories: emotion, desire, want

Sentences with fancy as a verb:

- I fancy your new car, but I like my old one just fine.

- I fancy a burger tonight for dinner

- Do you fancy going to town this weekend?

- I fancy that girl over there.

- 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.