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 formsfan·ci·ful·ly, adverbfan·ci·ful·ness, nouno·ver·fan·ci·ful, adjectiveo·ver·fan·ci·ful·ly, adverbo·ver·fan·ci·ful·ness, nounun·fan·ci·ful, adjective

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Contemporary Examples of fancifully

  • Finally I am facing a young clerk with fancifully decorated false claw-fingernails.

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British Dictionary definitions for fancifully



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



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

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