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adjective (fancier, fanciest)
1elaborate in structure or decoration:the furniture was very fancy a fancy computerized system designed to impress:converted fishing boats with fancy new names
chiefly North American (especially of foodstuffs) of high quality:fancy molasses
(of flowers) of two or more colors. (of an animal) bred to develop particular points of appearance:fancy goldfish 2 archaic (of a drawing, painting, or sculpture) created from the imagination rather than from life.
verb (fancies, fancying, fancied) [with object]
1feel a desire or liking for:do you fancy a drink? find sexually attractive:he saw a woman he fancied
) informal have an unduly high opinion of oneself, or of one’s ability in a particular area:he fancied himself an amateur psychologist
2 [with clause] imagine; think:he fancied he could smell the perfume of roses [in imperative] used to express one’s surprise at something:fancy meeting all those television actors!
noun (plural fancies)
1a feeling of liking or attraction, typically one that is superficial or transient:this does not mean that the law should change with every passing fancy 2the faculty of imagination:my research assistant is prone to flights of fancy a thing that one supposes or imagines, typically an unfounded or tentative belief or idea; notion or whim:scientific fads and fancies 3(in sixteenth and seventeenth century music) a composition for keyboard or strings in free or variation form.