Definitions of fancy

  1. imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind; " I can't see him on horseback!"; " I can see what will happen"; " I can see a risk in this strategy"
  2. have a fancy or particular liking or desire for; " She fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window"
  3. fancy was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than imagination
  4. something many people believe that is false; " they have the illusion that I am very wealthy"
  5. a predisposition to like something; " he had a fondness for whiskey"
  6. not plain; decorative or ornamented; " fancy handwriting"; " fancy clothes"
  7. To love.
  8. The faculty by which the mind forms an image or a representation of anything perceived before; the power of combining and modifying such objects into new pictures or images; the power of readily and happily creating and recalling such objects for the purpose of amusement, wit, or embellishment; imagination.
  9. An image or representation of anything formed in the mind; conception; thought; idea; conceit.
  10. An opinion or notion formed without much reflection; caprice; whim; impression.
  11. Inclination; liking, formed by caprice rather than reason; as, to strike one's fancy; hence, the object of inclination or liking.
  12. That which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value.
  13. A sort of love song or light impromptu ballad.
  14. To figure to one's self; to believe or imagine something without proof.
  15. To form a conception of; to portray in the mind; to imagine.
  16. To have a fancy for; to like; to be pleased with, particularly on account of external appearance or manners.
  17. To believe without sufficient evidence; to imagine ( something which is unreal).
  18. Adapted to please the fancy or taste; ornamental; as, fancy goods.
  19. Extravagant; above real value.
  20. To imagine; take a liking to; be pleased with.
  21. To imagine something without proof or grounds for so doing; suppose.
  22. Ornamental; not plain; based on imagination; elegant; above actual worth; as, a fancy price.
  23. Idea; imagination; notion; liking; caprice; pet pursuit.
  24. Fancied.
  25. Fancying.
  26. That faculty of the mind by which it recalls, represents, or makes to appear past images or impressions; an image or representation thus formed in the mind; an unreasonable or capricious opinion; a whim; capricious inclination or liking.
  27. Pleasing to, or guided by fancy or caprice.
  28. To portray in the mind; to imagine; to have a fancy or liking for; to be pleased with; - pr. p. fancying; pa. p. fancied.
  29. Imagination; caprice; notion; liking.
  30. Pleasing, or created by, fancy.
  31. To imagine; be pleased with.
  32. To suppose; conceive in the fancy; have a notion of; form a fancy; imagine; take a liking to.
  33. Pertaining to or proceeding from fancy.
  34. The power or act of forming mental images at random; imagination in its lower form.
  35. A visionary notion; vagary.
  36. A liking; that which one likes; a pet pursuit; hobby; fad.
  37. Merely pleasing to the taste or fancy.
  38. The faculty which the mind has of forming to itself images or representations of things at pleasure, often synonymous with imagination; fantasy; the resulting image or representation; an opinion or notion; taste; conception; inclination; liking; conceit; whim; something that pleasea or entertains without real use or value.
  39. To portray in the mind; to conceive a liking for; to be pleased with. The fancy, sporting characters.
  40. To believe or suppose.
  41. An image or representation formed in the mind at pleasure, but not always connected with reason or practicability; a false notion; a liking; a conceit or whim.
  42. Elegant; ornamental.
  43. To figure to one's self; to imagine; to like; to be pleased with.

Usage examples for fancy

  1. " I fancy sir, there are many for it, who are hardly fit for this work up here," replied Barry quietly. – The Sky Pilot in No Man's Land by Ralph Connor
  2. I fancy she was thinking of Sir Booth, for she glanced toward the boat; and perhaps the kind old lady was thinking of somebody else, also. – The Tenants of Malory Volume 1 of 3 by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  3. Quite a bit, I fancy – The Mardi Gras Mystery by H. Bedford-Jones
  4. She doesn't care two pins for your Mr. Long, and I fancy he knows it by this time. – Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge by Pemberton Ginther
  5. Surely it had been fancy – Mr. Marx's Secret by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  6. Surely you're not afraid Caroline will take a fancy to him. – Cap'n Warren's Wards by Joseph C. Lincoln
  7. A handsome lad too; I should fancy he was not English. – A Bachelor's Dream by Mrs. Hungerford
  8. " He's took a graidely fancy to thee. – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  9. It was fancy that night. – The Man with a Shadow by George Manville Fenn
  10. But why do you fancy Rienzi had a hand in it? – Rienzi by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  11. I've told you what I fancy doing. – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  12. So there is some use in Patricia's fancy – Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker by Marguerite Bryant
  13. " You don't need a fancy office to run a paper," Salt grinned. – Ghost Beyond the Gate by Mildred A. Wirt
  14. When he isn't, you can fancy what!" – Vittoria, v8 by George Meredith
  15. The truth- fancy this is the truth! – The Whirligig of Time by Wayland Wells Williams
  16. Broughton,- I hardly fancy I know the name; and yet am I wrong in thinking there is a governess at the vicarage of that name? – Faith and Unfaith by Duchess
  17. No; I fancy he has no place of business in town. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  18. Fancy her thinking that I had forgotten my own daughter! – The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins
  19. Is it only my fancy – The Knave of Diamonds by Ethel May Dell
  20. " I have rather a fancy to go there," he replied. – Colonel Thorndyke's Secret by G. A. Henty