[ fan-si-fuhl ]
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  1. characterized by or showing fancy; capricious or whimsical in appearance: a fanciful design of butterflies and flowers.

  2. suggested by fancy; imaginary; unreal: fanciful lands of romance.

  1. led by fancy rather than by reason and experience; whimsical: a fanciful mind.

Origin of fanciful

First recorded in 1620–30; fancy + -ful

Other words for fanciful

Other words from fanciful

  • fan·ci·ful·ly, adverb
  • fan·ci·ful·ness, noun
  • o·ver·fan·ci·ful, adjective
  • o·ver·fan·ci·ful·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·fan·ci·ful·ness, noun
  • un·fan·ci·ful, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fanciful in a sentence

  • In front of the duke's pavilion was hung his shield, and by its side stood his squire, fancifully dressed in rich colors.

    Under the Rose | Frederic Stewart Isham

British Dictionary definitions for fanciful


/ (ˈfænsɪfʊl) /

  1. not based on fact; dubious or imaginary: fanciful notions

  2. made or designed in a curious, intricate, or imaginative way

  1. indulging in or influenced by fancy; whimsical

Derived forms of fanciful

  • fancifully, adverb
  • fancifulness, noun

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