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
From stocking stuffers to the world's fanciest food processor, gifts for cooks of every age and experience level.
One of Kate's gynecologists delivers exclusively at London's fanciest maternity hospital, The Portland.Too Posh to Push: Inside Kate's Exclusive London Maternity Hospital|Tom Sykes|December 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
With respect to restaurants, I tend not to like the fanciest places.Overrated/Underrated: Food, Glorious and Otherwise|Michael Tomasky|June 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The rest shows up only in the fanciest of fancy sushi restaurants.Radioactive Tuna Won’t Kill You—but Should We Be Concerned About Mercury?|Daniel Stone|May 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
At that rate, even the fanciest steak dinner would still be a bargain by comparison.Forget the Starbucks Backlash—We Should Be Eating More Bugs|Daniel Stone|April 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He was going through his fanciest evolutions when he passed me.Witch Winnie's Mystery, or The Old Oak Cabinet|Elizabeth W. Champney
The coffee roasts well, and has a heavy body, similar to the fanciest Mexicans and Colombians.All About Coffee|William H. Ukers
That's our fanciest place where the food starts at ten dollars.Probability|Louis Trimble
It was the fanciest and most expensive screwdriver you ever saw.The Trouble with Telstar|John Berryman
Jake Tuttle is there with the four children, buying them the fanciest of footgear for the morrow.Green Valley|Katharine Reynolds
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;.