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 fancying
Ten novels on, he can afford to poke fun at the young man he was, fancying himself as a writer.
From fancying herself neglected by her husband she became jealous of him—a most absurd and insane idea.The Young People's Wesley|W. McDonald
The majority vouchsafed no reply; others, fancying it was pomatum for ringworm of the scalp, refused testily.Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2|Gustave Flaubert
It is only now, now, for the first time, that I have been fancying myself going down to posterity in the company of the immortals.The Gorgeous Isle|Gertrude Atherton
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;.