- unreal; imaginary: to be upset by fancied grievances.
Origin of fancied
- imagination or fantasy, especially as exercised in a capricious manner.
- the artistic ability of creating unreal or whimsical imagery, decorative detail, etc., as in poetry or drawing.
- a mental image or conception: He had happy fancies of being a famous actor.
- an idea or opinion with little foundation; illusion: Her belief that she can sing is a mere fancy.
- a caprice; whim; vagary: It was his fancy to fly to Paris occasionally for dinner.
- capricious preference; inclination; a liking: to take a fancy to walking barefoot in the streets.
- critical judgment; taste.
- the breeding of animals to develop points of beauty or excellence.
- the fancy, Archaic. people deeply interested in a sport, art, etc.
- made, designed, grown, adapted, etc., to please the taste or fancy; of superfine quality or exceptional appeal: fancy goods; fancy fruits.
- ornamental; decorative; not plain: a cake with a fancy icing.
- depending on imagination or caprice; whimsical; irregular: a fancy conception of time.
- bred to develop points of beauty or excellence, as an animal.
- much too costly; exorbitant or extravagant: a consultant who charges fancy fees.
- to form a conception of; picture to oneself: Fancy living with that egotist all your life!
- to believe without being absolutely sure or certain: I fancy you are my new neighbor.
- to take a liking to; like.
- to breed to develop a special type of animal.
- (used as an exclamation of mild surprise): They invited you, too? Fancy!
- fancy up, to make superficially showy by way of improvement: an old car fancied up with a bright new paint job.
Origin of fancy
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Examples from the Web for fancied
I joined this drama club when I was 16 because I fancied this girl who went to it.Robert Pattinson’s Life After ‘Twilight’
June 13, 2014
A part of him had always wanted to be an actor—"Charlton Hepburn," he fancied himself—and now he had gotten his wish.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
Robert Sam Anson
March 1, 2014
He fancied himself a Marxist, lived in rooming houses under aliases and was a furtive, nasty man.Read This Book to Understand Lee Harvey Oswald
August 2, 2013
I fancied him and we clicked, but neither of us made great efforts to see each other again.Sugar Daddy Dating Sites: Helen Croydon on Her Guilty Fantasy
May 11, 2013
With access to the social network, he found a 17-year-old girl he fancied, drew pictures of her, and sent them to her mother.Smartphones Are the New Prison Contraband
October 16, 2011
Percival fancied there was a look almost of regret in the girl's eyes.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I fancied her ladyship in spectacles, with little side curls.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I fancied it in the fields, in the gardens, in the palace, in the prison.
Hester did not like the remark, and he fancied from her look she had misunderstood him.Weighed and Wanting
The furniture screened the two watchers, and he fancied himself alone.Life in London
- imaginary; unreal
- thought likely to win or succeeda fancied runner
- not plain; ornamented or decorativea fancy cake; fancy clothes
- requiring skill to perform; intricatea fancy dance routine
- arising in the imagination; capricious or illusory
- (often used ironically) superior in quality or impressivea fancy course in business administration
- higher than expectedfancy prices
- (of a domestic animal) bred for particular qualities
- a sudden capricious idea; whim
- a sudden or irrational liking for a person or thing
- the power to conceive and represent decorative and novel imagery, esp in poetry. Fancy was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than imaginationSee imagination (def. 4)
- an idea or thing produced by this
- a mental image
- taste or judgment, as in art of dress
- Also called: fantasy, fantasia music a composition for solo lute, keyboard, etc, current during the 16th and 17th centuries
- the fancy archaic those who follow a particular sport, esp prize fighting
- to picture in the imagination
- to suppose; imagineI fancy it will rain
- (often used with a negative) to likeI don't fancy your chances!
- (reflexive) to have a high or ill-founded opinion of oneselfhe fancied himself as a doctor
- informal to have a wish for; desireshe fancied some chocolate
- British informal to be physically attracted to (another person)
- to breed (animals) for particular characteristics
- Also: fancy that! an exclamation of surprise or disbelief
Word Origin and History for fancied
"imaginary," 1560s, past participle adjective from fancy (v.).
mid-15c., contraction of fantasy, it took the older and longer word's sense of "inclination, whim, desire." Meaning "fans of an amusement or sport, collectively" is attested by 1735, especially (though not originally) of the prize ring. The adjective is recorded from mid-18c.