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[fan-see-wurk] /ˈfæn siˌwɜrk/
ornamental needlework.
Origin of fancywork
First recorded in 1800-10; fancy + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For the most of the time Mrs. Stanhope and Mrs. Laning did fancywork.

    The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
  • I think I liked the horses and the flowers and the fancywork best.

    Anne Of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • They embroider, and do other fancywork, and they sing and play.

    Little Folks of North America Mary Hazelton Wade
  • Why will dear old ladies cherish these household monsters, festooning them with ribbons and fancywork?

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • Y'u sit there in that chair, where I can see y'u doing that fancywork and I'll not say a word.

    Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West William MacLeod Raine
  • She never did fancywork, and knew nothing of sewing, so her thread knotted and broke, and her patch presented a sorry sight.

    Patty's Summer Days

    Carolyn Wells
  • She lives alone in a little house with a green yard, and keeps a fancywork and millinery store.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • I took Madonna there on an occasion to gather the little shells for the fancywork the master makes.

    The Red Redmaynes

    Eden Phillpotts
  • Often the mothers brought their fancywork and sat on the shady side of the tent during the lesson.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • And indeed even as his eyes fell upon my fancywork he seemed to take a new lease of life.

    It Pays to Smile Nina Wilcox Putnam
British Dictionary definitions for fancywork


any ornamental needlework, such as embroidery or crochet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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