[ fan-si-fuhl ]
/ ˈfæn sɪ fəl /


characterized by or showing fancy; capricious or whimsical in appearance: a fanciful design of butterflies and flowers.
suggested by fancy; imaginary; unreal: fanciful lands of romance.
led by fancy rather than by reason and experience; whimsical: a fanciful mind.

Origin of fanciful

First recorded in 1620–30; fancy + -ful

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fanciful


/ (ˈfænsɪfʊl) /


not based on fact; dubious or imaginaryfanciful notions
made or designed in a curious, intricate, or imaginative way
indulging in or influenced by fancy; whimsical

Derived Forms

fancifully, adverbfancifulness, noun
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