Origin of fancy
synonym study for fancy
historical usage of fancy
The original meaning of fancy, “individual preference or liking, arbitrary inclination,” as in “to take a fancy to someone,” was only one of several meanings of Middle English fantasie, a technical word in the psychology of scholasticism (the system of theological and philosophical teaching and disputation predominant in the Middle Ages, based chiefly upon the authority of the Bible, of the church fathers, and of Aristotle and his pagan, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish commentators).
The adjective fancy, meaning “fine, ornamental,” did not appear until 1753; it developed from attributive use of the noun in the sense “designed to please the taste or fancy.”
OTHER WORDS FROM fancyfan·ci·ness, nounun·fan·cy, adjective
How to use fancy in a sentence
Gulnara attended Harvard; she fancies herself an artist of many talents.Gulnara Karimova’s Tweets Hint at Uzbek Power Struggle|Anonymous|November 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The mountain resort town of Dalat fancies itself “The Paris of Vietnam,” complete with a replica Eiffel Tower in the center.
Eli fancies himself a bong-wielding Holden Caulfield in a bathrobe.Must Reads: Kennedy, Sontag and Paris, ‘A Partial History of Lost Causes,’ ‘City of Bohane,’ ‘Flatscreen’|Lauren Elkin, Mythili Rao, Drew Toal, Nicholas Mancusi|April 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Be willing to act on whims, fancies and, yes, fantasies, too.
He fancies an American actor named Barrymore, but Barrymore, a prodigious drunk, soon storms back to Los Angeles.
But agitation unlocks wayward fancies and sends them scurrying inopportunely across the very foreground of the mind.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
She could not work on such a day, nor weave fancies to stir her pulses and warm her blood.
He is my brother's most intimate associate and often fancies that he is entitled to the same privileges as the family.
Yet, when I was a young man, I never bothered my head about royalty, but I was as full of wild fancies as a balloon is of wind.The Whale and the Grasshopper|Seumas O'Brien
For several evenings I could not observe Mars through the telescope without my attention being diverted by many strange fancies.Urania|Camille Flammarion
British Dictionary definitions for fancy
Derived forms of fancyfancily, adverbfanciness, noun
Word Origin for fancy
Other Idioms and Phrases with fancy
see flight of fancy; footloose and fancy-free; take a fancy to; tickle one's fancy;.