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English adjective: fancy

1. fancy not plain; decorative or ornamented

SamplesFancy handwriting.
Fancy clothes.

Similaraureate, baroque, battlemented, busy, castellated, castled, churrigueresco, churrigueresque, crackle, damascene, damask, dressy, elaborate, embattled, fanciful, fantastic, flamboyant, florid, fussy, lacelike, lacy, luxuriant, puff, puffed, rococo, vermicular, vermiculate, vermiculated

See alsoadorned, decorated, rhetorical


English noun: fancy

1. fancy (cognition) something many people believe that is false

SamplesThey have the illusion that I am very wealthy.

Synonymsfantasy, illusion, phantasy

Broader (hypernym)misconception

Narrower (hyponym)bubble, ignis fatuus, will-o'-the-wisp, wishful thinking

2. fancy (cognition) a kind of imagination that was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than true imagination

Broader (hypernym)imagination, imaginativeness, vision

3. fancy (feeling) a predisposition to like something

SamplesHe had a fondness for whiskey.

Synonymsfondness, partiality

Broader (hypernym)liking

English verb: fancy

1. fancy (creation) imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind

SamplesI can't see him on horseback!.
I can see what will happen.
I can see a risk in this strategy.

Synonymsenvision, figure, image, picture, project, see, visualise, visualize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine

Verb grouprealise, realize, see, understand, visualise, visualize

2. fancy (emotion) have a fancy or particular liking or desire for

SamplesShe fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window.

ExamplesSam cannot fancy Sue , They fancy more bread

Synonymsgo for, take to

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)desire, want


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