Fancy can be an adjective, noun, or a verb. As an adjective, it’s the opposite of plain. The noun names something that isn’t real. When someone likes or wants something, the verb can be used: “I fancy a cup of tea.” Doesn’t that sound fancy?

Fancy is an old contraction of the word fantasy. You’ll often see this word used in the phrase “flights of fancy.” This phrase refers to an unrealistic goal or idea such as, “He has flights of fancy about running off to Hollywood and becoming a movie star.” Fancy can also be used as an expression of affection. If you have a crush on someone, for instance, you could say that you “took a fancy” to him or her.

Definitions of fancy
  1. adjective
    not plain; decorative or ornamented
    fancy handwriting”
    fancy clothes”
    adorned, decorated
    provided with something intended to increase its beauty or distinction
    aureate, flamboyant, florid
    elaborately or excessively ornamented
    baroque, churrigueresco, churrigueresque
    having elaborate symmetrical ornamentation
    busy, fussy
    overcrowded or cluttered with detail
    in fancy clothing
    having the surface decorated with a network of fine cracks, as in crackleware
    (of metals) decorated or inlaid with a wavy pattern of different (especially precious) metals
    having a woven pattern
    elaborate, luxuriant, ornate
    marked by complexity and richness of detail
    battlemented, castellated, castled, embattled
    having or resembling repeated square indentations like those in a battlement
    having a curiously intricate quality
    extravagantly fanciful in design, construction, appearance
    lacelike, lacy
    made of or resembling lace
    puff, puffed
    gathered for protruding fullness
    having excessive asymmetrical ornamentation
    vermicular, vermiculate, vermiculated
    decorated with wormlike tracery or markings
    given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought
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    not elaborate or elaborated; simple
    unadorned, undecorated
    not decorated with something to increase its beauty or distinction
    austere, severe, stark, stern
    severely simple
    bare, mere, simple
    apart from anything else; without additions or modifications
    pure and simple in design or style
    (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish
    having no adornment or coloration
    lacking distinguishing characteristics or features
    plain and unpretentious
    inelaborate, unelaborate
    not elaborate; lacking rich or complex detail
    avoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis)
    tailored, trim
    severely simple in line or design
    plain and without any extras or adornments
    lacking pretension or affectation
    not rhetorical
    having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved
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  2. verb
    imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
    synonyms: envision, figure, image, picture, project, see, visualise, visualize
    realise, realize, see, understand
    perceive (an idea or situation) mentally
    visualise, visualize
    form a mental picture of something that is invisible or abstract
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    conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine
    form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case
  3. noun
    something many people believe that is false
    synonyms: fantasy, illusion, phantasy
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    an impracticable and illusory idea
    ignis fatuus, will-o'-the-wisp
    an illusion that misleads
    wishful thinking
    the illusion that what you wish for is actually true
    type of:
    an incorrect conception
  4. noun
    a kind of imagination that was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than true imagination
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    imagination, imaginativeness, vision
    the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses
  5. noun
    a predisposition to like something
    synonyms: fondness, partiality
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    a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment
  6. verb
    have a fancy or particular liking or desire for
    “She fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window”
    synonyms: go for, take to
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    type of:
    desire, want
    feel or have a desire for; want strongly
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