[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. fanback,
  2. fanbase,
  3. fanboy,
  4. fancied,
  5. fancier,
  6. fancifully,
  7. fancify,
  8. fanconi's anemia,
  9. fanconi's syndrome,
  10. fancy

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 Formsfancifully, adverbfancifulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for fanciful



1620s, from fancy (n.) + -ful. Related: Fancifully.

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