noun, plural fan·cies.
adjective, fan·ci·er, fan·ci·est.
verb (used with object), fan·cied, fan·cy·ing.
Origin of fancy
Synonyms for fancy
Related Words for fanciesimagination, inclination, fantasy, visualize, crave, impression, whim, image, creation, mind, idea, thought, contrariness, perverseness, liking, caprice, humor, flash, irrationality, desire
Examples from the Web for fancies
Contemporary Examples of fancies
Gulnara attended Harvard; she fancies herself an artist of many talents.Gulnara Karimova’s Tweets Hint at Uzbek Power Struggle
November 22, 2013
The mountain resort town of Dalat fancies itself “The Paris of Vietnam,” complete with a replica Eiffel Tower in the center.Book a Room at Vietnam’s ‘Crazy House’
July 11, 2013
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
Be willing to act on whims, fancies and, yes, fantasies, too.Horoscopes: The Week of April 3
Starsky + Cox
April 3, 2011
He fancies an American actor named Barrymore, but Barrymore, a prodigious drunk, soon storms back to Los Angeles.Stoker Family Values
October 30, 2009
Historical Examples of fancies
He was full of dreams and fancies, all of the higher order of things where love is the law.Weighed and Wanting
Shakespeare, one fancies, was a gentleman by nature, and a good deal more.The Man Shakespeare
But, niece, it is not making too much fun of him to fall in with his fancies.The Imaginary Invalid
In the making of fancies and jests he sees a chance of delay.De Profundis
She had thus a double being, although she was alone with her fancies.The Dream
adjective -cier or -ciest
noun plural -cies
verb -cies, -cying or -cied (tr)
Word Origin for fancy
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.
see flight of fancy; footloose and fancy-free; take a fancy to; tickle one's fancy;.