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.

Quotes of fancy

  1. I didn't expect to win the Oscar. You grow up watching the Oscars on TV and you think it happens to fancy people. It was really surreal. – Jennifer Connelly
  2. And inasmuch as the bridge is a symbol of all such poetry as I am interested in writing it is my present fancy that a year from now I'll be more contented working in an office than ever before. – Hart Crane
  3. I've a great fancy to see my own funeral afore I die. – Maria Edgeworth
  4. Well, you know I have an office, my film offices. So I know that syndrome. I fancy offices, so there must be something wrong with me. Even the window cleaner intrigues me. It's a very sexy environment. – Hugh Grant
  5. Cutting up fowl to predict the future is, if done honestly and with as little interpretation as possible, a kind of randomization. But chicken guts are hard to read and invite flights of fancy or corruption. – Ian Hacking
  6. They're fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves. – Lillian Hellman
  7. I don't play a lot of fancy guitar. I don't want to play it. The kind of guitar I want to play is mean, mean licks. – John Lee Hooker
  8. To give reason for fancy were to weigh the fire, and measure the wind. – John Lyly
  9. Its Arsenal 0- Everton 1, and the longer it stays like that the more you've got to fancy Everton. – John Motson
  10. I'd rather have a real South Dakotan who has lived in this state and made her living here instead of someone with a fancy East Coast law degree any day. – Kristi Noem
  11. I didn't fancy any of my teachers. – Katie Price
  12. I know that some endeavor to throw the mantle of romance over the subject and treat woman like some ideal existence, not liable to the ills of life. Let those deal in fancy who have nothing better to deal in; we have to do with sober, sad realities, with stubborn facts. – Ernestine Rose
  13. I want to block some common misunderstandings about "understanding": In many of these discussions one finds a lot of fancy footwork about the word "understanding." – John Searle
  14. It is the work of fancy to enlarge, but of judgment to shorten and contract; and therefore this must be as far above the other as judgment is a greater and nobler faculty than fancy or imagination. – Bishop Robert South

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

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