[ fan-see-wurk ]

  1. ornamental needlework.

Origin of fancywork

First recorded in 1800–10; fancy + work

Words Nearby fancywork Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fancywork in a sentence

  • She lives alone in a little house with a green yard, and keeps a fancywork and millinery store.

    Song of the Lark | Willa Cather
  • Why will dear old ladies cherish these household monsters, festooning them with ribbons and fancywork?

    Bizarre | Lawton Mackall
  • And indeed even as his eyes fell upon my fancywork he seemed to take a new lease of life.

    It Pays to Smile | Nina Wilcox Putnam
  • She was not allowed to go to parties, and she had to learn all kinds of fancywork and cooking, and making sauces and everything.

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

    Anne Of Green Gables | Lucy Maud Montgomery

British Dictionary definitions for fancywork


/ (ˈfænsɪˌwɜːk) /

  1. any ornamental needlework, such as embroidery or crochet

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