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Verb: fancy  fan(t)-see
  1. Imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
    "I can't fancy him on horseback!";
    - visualize, visualise [Brit], envision, project, see, figure, picture, image
  2. Have a fancy or particular liking or desire for
    "She fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweller's window";
    - go for, take to
  3. [Brit, informal] Find sexually attractive
    "he definitely fancies her"
Adjective: fancy (fancier,fanciest)  fan(t)-see
  1. Not plain; decorative or ornamented
    "fancy handwriting"; "fancy clothes"
Noun: fancy  fan(t)-see
  1. Something that many people believe but is false
    "He fancies himself to be a local celebrity.";
    - illusion, fantasy, phantasy [archaic]
  2. Imagination or fantasy; held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than true imagination
    "never had the wildest flights of fancy imagined such magnificence"
  3. A predisposition to like something
    "she had dismissed him quite brutally, relegating him to the status of a passing fancy, or less";
    - fondness, partiality
Interjection: fancy  fan(t)-see
Usage: Brit, informal
  1. Used to express surprise
    "Strewth! Didn't fancy stopping with those chaps"; "fancy that, it was only a dollar last time I was here!";
    - Christ [informal], Christmas [informal], crikey [Brit, informal], cripes [informal], cor [Brit, informal], crumbs [Brit, informal], gosh [informal], golly [informal], by George [informal], by Jove [informal], blimey [Brit, informal], gorblimey [Brit, informal], cor blimey [Brit, informal], my [informal], holy cow [informal], holy mackerel [informal], holy smoke [informal], holy moley [informal], holy moly [informal], good grief [informal], goodness [informal], goodness me [informal], Gordon Bennett [informal], gracious [informal], gracious me [informal], fancy that [informal], gawd [informal], god, my word, oh, O, ah, oh boy [informal], jeez [informal], geez [informal], strewth [Brit, informal], struth [Brit, informal], yikes [informal], I'll be blowed [Brit, informal], blow me [Brit, informal], Holy-dooly [Austral, informal], heck [informal], blooming heck [Brit, informal], jeepers [informal], jeepers creepers [informal], Lord [informal], Lordy [informal], marry [archaic], well I never [informal], heavens [informal], good heavens [informal], my goodness [informal], Jesus [informal], bejesus [N. Amer, informal], od [archaic]

Derived forms: fancying, fanciest, fancied, fancies, fancier

See also: adorned, aureate, baroque, battlemented, busy, castellated, castled, churrigueresco, churrigueresque, crackle, crenelated, damascene, damask, decorated, dressy, elaborate, embattled, fanciful, fantastic, flamboyant, florid, fussy, lacelike, lacey, lacy, luxuriant, puff, puffed, rhetorical, rococo, vermicular, vermiculate, vermiculated

Type of: conceive of, desire, envisage, ideate, imagination, imaginativeness, imagine, liking, misconception, vision, want

Antonym: plain

Encyclopedia: Fancy, Richard