adjective, fan·ci·er, fan·ci·est.
noun, plural fan·cies.
verb (used with object), fan·cied, fan·cy·ing.
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Origin of fancy
synonym study for fancy
historical usage of fancy
The original meaning of fancy, “individual preference or liking, arbitrary inclination,” as in “to take a fancy to someone,” was only one of several meanings of Middle English fantasie, a technical word in the psychology of scholasticism (the system of theological and philosophical teaching and disputation predominant in the Middle Ages, based chiefly upon the authority of the Bible, of the church fathers, and of Aristotle and his pagan, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish commentators).
The adjective fancy, meaning “fine, ornamental,” did not appear until 1753; it developed from attributive use of the noun in the sense “designed to please the taste or fancy.”
OTHER WORDS FROM fancyfan·ci·ness, nounun·fan·cy, adjective
Words nearby fancy
Example sentences from the Web for fancy
We want to have the fancy, nice things but often discover that having the fancy, nice things usually means someone has to pay.
To make a deepfake, you don’t need a fancy computer or even a ton of knowledge about software.Microsoft’s New Deepfake Detector Puts Reality to the Test|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|September 4, 2020|Singularity Hub
It covers the review of all documents first by the lender, then separately by the borrower’s “settlement agent,” a fancy term for his or her lawyer.
Figuring this all out takes some fancy math, but it’s something an electronic calculator can easily manage.
Portable bathroom options, which range from simple bag setups for fast and light backpacking to fancy full-flush contraptions for long-term campground stays, can help.
The Plaza Hotel cooked a fancy-pants latke with red wine braised oxtail, horseradish sunchoke cream, and crispy kale.
They're also proof that no matter how fancy you are, you can't escape the urge to watch two girls make out.High-End Pervs Film Benedict Cumberbatch and Reese Witherspoon Sucking Face|Amy Zimmerman|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To get the product from manufacturer to arm, the product is lyophilized (a fancy word for freeze dried).Powdered Measles Vaccine Could Be Huge for Developing World|Kent Sepkowitz|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This fancy spice pack pairs with four different spirits—vodka, tequila, aquavit, and gin—to ensure the perfect morning pick-me-up.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Don Draper in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I fancy Holmes would have destroyed those theories with nothing more than his intuition.
A fancy came into my head that I would entertain the king and queen with an English tune upon this instrument.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
She fancied there was a sympathy of thought and taste between them, in which fancy she was mistaken.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
One time my fancy soared on high, to see what discoveries I could make in those clearer regions.
Fancy that enormous shell dropping suddenly out of the blue on to a ship's deck swarming with troops!Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
In the old days every great man kept a toad-eater; sometimes his functions were highly paid—Wolff's are, I fancy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
British Dictionary definitions for fancy
adjective -cier or -ciest
noun plural -cies
verb -cies, -cying or -cied (tr)
Derived forms of fancyfancily, adverbfanciness, noun
Word Origin for fancy
Idioms and Phrases with fancy
see flight of fancy; footloose and fancy-free; take a fancy to; tickle one's fancy;.