Origin of fancywork

First recorded in 1800–10; fancy + work Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for fancywork

Historical Examples of fancywork

  • For the most of the time Mrs. Stanhope and Mrs. Laning did fancywork.

    The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle

    Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)

  • I think I liked the horses and the flowers and the fancywork best.

    Anne Of Green Gables

    Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • They embroider, and do other fancywork, and they sing and play.

  • Why will dear old ladies cherish these household monsters, festooning them with ribbons and fancywork?


    Lawton Mackall

  • Y'u sit there in that chair, where I can see y'u doing that fancywork and I'll not say a word.

British Dictionary definitions for fancywork


  1. any ornamental needlework, such as embroidery or crochet
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