adjective, fan·ci·er, fan·ci·est.
noun, plural fan·cies.
verb (used with object), fan·cied, fan·cy·ing.
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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
Example sentences from the Web for fancy
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.
Since then, they had been obliged to yield to her fancies and allow her to go on the stage with her little troupe of friends.The Bill-Toppers|Andre Castaigne
"Some smart actor who fancies himself, and dreams of having his own New York theatre," cried Severance, inspired.Vision House|C. N. Williamson
Already the air was full of all sorts of fads and fancies that appealed to the unthinking and the unwary.Studies in the Epistle of James|A. T. Robertson
During all the past weeks, Marylyn had carefully harboured her fancies about Lounsbury.The Plow-Woman|Eleanor Gates
I may take a dream to be truth, and hear my own fancies, if I think about them too long.Curious, if True|Elizabeth Gaskell
British Dictionary definitions for fancy
adjective -cier or -ciest
noun plural -cies
verb -cies, -cying or -cied (tr)
Derived forms of fancyfancily, adverbfanciness, noun
Word Origin for fancy
Idioms and Phrases with fancy
see flight of fancy; footloose and fancy-free; take a fancy to; tickle one's fancy;.