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Definition of nancy story in English:

noun

West Indian
1A traditional African folk tale about Anancy the spider, who overcomes others by cunning.
Example sentences
  • So for me, nancy stories have always had a humorous air of winking at the audience, as though the storyteller's saying, ‘we all know people like this, but let's not name any names.’
  • Only Mike and nancy stories are consistently worth watching for.
1.1An elaborate evasive story or lie: the minister had left the country and so could not give his side of the nancy story
More example sentences
  • ‘I do not find it strange that he and his kind will seek to create his own nancy stories.’
1.2A superstitious belief: God is a nancy story, you hear

Origin

nancy, shortening of Anancy, from Akan ananse 'spider'.

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