noun, plural fan·cies.
adjective, fan·ci·er, fan·ci·est.
verb (used with object), fan·cied, fan·cy·ing.
- fanconi's anemia,
- fanconi's syndrome,
- fancy dance,
- fancy dive,
- fancy diving,
- fancy dress,
- fancy fern
Origin of fancy
Examples from the Web for fancy
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.
Yet her work is all heart, her flights of fancy rich with nostalgia without being mawkish.
Do you fancy he would get23 another call from her, or from her friends through her influence?
That we shall some day smile at a fancy makes the present pain none the less poignant.Patty's Perversities|Arlo Bates
A higher place is taken in his work by the longest poem he sends his brother in the same metre, Fancy.Life of John Keats|Sidney Colvin
Now she reproached herself because she could not immediately silence this fancy of disturbed nerves.The Mormon Prophet|Lily Dougall
Fancy that he fired in the air, and you've fought a duel, Giles.'Oliver Twist, Illustrated|Charles Dickens
adjective -cier or -ciest
noun plural -cies
verb -cies, -cying or -cied (tr)
Word Origin for fancy
mid-15c., contraction of fantasy, it took the older and longer word's sense of "inclination, whim, desire." Meaning "fans of an amusement or sport, collectively" is attested by 1735, especially (though not originally) of the prize ring. The adjective is recorded from mid-18c.
"take a liking to," 1540s, a contraction of fantasien "to fantasize (about)," from fantasy (n.). Meaning "to imagine" is from 1550s. Related: Fancied; fancies; fancying. Colloquial use in fancy that, etc. is recorded by 1813.
see flight of fancy; footloose and fancy-free; take a fancy to; tickle one's fancy;.