Ten novels on, he can afford to poke fun at the young man he was, fancying himself as a writer.
The thing happened a week ago, and the fellow, fancying that he is with the blacks, shouts 'Eljen!'
The latter, fancying probably that only a few had firearms, came on courageously.
For brother John may be very much mistaken in fancying his dear friend to be a wealthy and amiable nobleman.
She had a habit of fancying every one more fortunate and happier than herself.
He is caught in his own trap, for he marries Estifania, a woman of intrigue, fancying her to be the heiress Margaritta.
All who heard him kept silent, fancying that they had misunderstood his words.
Then I would hurry on, cursing myself for the poorness of my spirit, fancying mocking contempt in the laughter that followed me.
For a moment he was startled, fancying it a stranger, then he saw that it was Phyl.
A low-bending, ice-covered branch whipped her face and she shrieked, fancying it the touch of dead fingers.
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.