fanciful

[ fan-si-fuhl ]
/ ˈfæn sɪ fəl /
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adjective

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

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British Dictionary definitions for fancifully

fanciful

/ (ˈfænsɪfʊl) /

adjective

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 fancifully

fanciful

adj.

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

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