fancy

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.

Primary Meanings of fancy

1.
adj
not plain; decorative or ornamented
2.
vn
imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
something many people believe that is false
3.
nv
a predisposition to like something
have a fancy or particular liking or desire for
Full Definitions of fancy
1

adj not plain; decorative or ornamented

fancy handwriting”
fancy clothes”
Synonyms:
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
dressy
in fancy clothing
crackle
having the surface decorated with a network of fine cracks, as in crackleware
damascene
(of metals) decorated or inlaid with a wavy pattern of different (especially precious) metals
damask
having a woven pattern
elaborate, luxuriant
marked by complexity and richness of detail
battlemented, castellated, castled, embattled
having or resembling repeated square indentations like those in a battlement
fanciful
having a curiously intricate quality
fantastic
extravagantly fanciful in design, construction, appearance
lacelike, lacy
made of or resembling lace
puff, puffed
gathered for protruding fullness
rococo
having excessive asymmetrical ornamentation
vermicular, vermiculate, vermiculated
decorated with wormlike tracery or markings
rhetorical
given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought
Antonyms:
plain
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
chaste
pure and simple in design or style
dry
(of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish
dry
having no adornment or coloration
featureless
lacking distinguishing characteristics or features
homely
plain and unpretentious
inelaborate, unelaborate
not elaborate; lacking rich or complex detail
literal
avoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis)
simple
unornamented
tailored, trim
severely simple in line or design
vanilla
plain and without any extras or adornments
unpretentious
lacking pretension or affectation
unrhetorical
not rhetorical
simple
having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved
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2

v 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
Type of:
conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine
form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case

n something many people believe that is false

Synonyms:
fantasy, illusion, phantasy
Types:
bubble
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:
misconception
an incorrect conception

n a kind of imagination that was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than true imagination

Type of:
imagination, imaginativeness, vision
the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses
3

n a predisposition to like something

Synonyms:
fondness, partiality
Type of:
liking
a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment

v 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
Type of:
desire, want
feel or have a desire for; want strongly

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