Definition of fanciful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfansəfəl/


1(Of a person or their thoughts and ideas) overimaginative and unrealistic: a fanciful story about a pot of gold
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  • Okay, so admittedly that may be a fanciful and unrealistic goal.
  • He is less imaginative or fanciful than Tom, but more practical.
  • He'd always said such things like that, always so fanciful and imaginative with an underlying tone of seriousness.
1.1Existing only in the imagination or fancy: the Moon Maiden is one of a number of fanciful lunar inhabitants
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  • Paintings of original and fanciful snowmen are one favorite, and winter trees or landscapes are another.
  • The judge said the two men lived in a ‘strange and fanciful world’ where they thought they could ‘ride around in cars, armed to the hilt’.
  • During their mission, they encounter all kinds of bizarre and fanciful creatures.
fantastic, far-fetched, unbelievable, extravagant;
ridiculous, absurd, preposterous;
imaginary, made-up, make-believe, mythical, fabulous
informal tall, hard to swallow
imaginative, inventive;
whimsical, impractical, dreamy, quixotic;
out of touch with reality, in a world of one's own
1.2Designed to be exotically ornamental rather than practical: fanciful bonnets
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  • The new place is colourful and inviting, as sunflower-yellow walls help to show off Obadia's collection of colourful wall hangings, photographs, ornamental pots and fanciful souvenirs.
  • They made fanciful designs with dots, lines and geometric patterns on walls, antlers and other things.
  • The fountain illustrated, an exquisite piece of Gothic architecture in miniature, was designed to be both fanciful and functional.
ornate, exotic, fancy, imaginative, extravagant, fantastic;
curious, bizarre, eccentric, unusual, fantastical, Seussian



Pronunciation: /ˈfansif(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • Not so long ago, the major film critics in the U.S. fancifully tossed around the idea of the ‘death of cinema.’
  • Even this outpouring of funds, though, won't take the technology to the level Crichton fancifully depicts.
  • Maybe he was like all the others and I was fancifully making all his nice gestures up, it was all a figment of my imagination.


Pronunciation: /ˈfansifəlnəs/
Example sentences
  • Stephen's bullying self-pity and edgy rationalism ran up sharply against Anny's fancifulness, extravagance and sentiment.
  • There's a fancifulness and whimsy to the way she draws the human figure.
  • We sought to add imagination and fancifulness to regular family activities.

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Syllabification: fan·ci·ful

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