- a person having a liking for or interest in something; enthusiast: a fancier of sports cars.
- a person who breeds animals, plants, etc., especially in order to improve the strain: a horse fancier.
Origin of fancier
- 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 fancier
As I worked at fancier restaurants, we served various Pilsners, Amber Ales, India Pale Ales, and a multitude of microbrews.Wine Snobs, There’s a Beer for You
April 5, 2014
They fought over it and cried over it, and they eventually decided to go for the fancier affair.Eat, Pray, Dumped
August 19, 2010
While there may be fancier options, I liked the comfort of knowing these guys are doing this all day, every day.Gal With a Suitcase
November 13, 2009
He knew them as a trainer knows horses, or a fancier knows dogs.The Legacy of Greece
Why, she changed her name to one fancier that you might have heard talk of?The Thing from the Lake
Eleanor M. Ingram
Having been a fancier himself, Billy knew how the birds were housed.Our Young Aeroplane Scouts in Germany
For when has the character of the voice influenced a fancier in selecting?Birds in Town and Village
W. H. Hudson
No fancier than your own, commented Fudge, still a trifle disgruntled.The Lucky Seventh
Ralph Henry Barbour
- a person with a special interest in something
- a person who breeds plants or animals, often as a pastimea bird fancier
- 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 fancier
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.