F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fan-see]
    • /ˈfæn si/
    • /ˈfæn.si/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fan-see]
    • /ˈfæn si/

Definitions of fancies word

  • noun plural fancies imagination or fantasy, especially as exercised in a capricious manner. 1
  • noun plural fancies the artistic ability of creating unreal or whimsical imagery, decorative detail, etc., as in poetry or drawing. 1
  • noun plural fancies a mental image or conception: He had happy fancies of being a famous actor. 1
  • noun plural fancies an idea or opinion with little foundation; illusion: Her belief that she can sing is a mere fancy. 1
  • noun plural fancies a caprice; whim; vagary: It was his fancy to fly to Paris occasionally for dinner. 1
  • noun plural fancies capricious preference; inclination; a liking: to take a fancy to walking barefoot in the streets. 1

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Origin of fancies

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English fan(t)sy, syncopated variant of fantasie fantasy

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Parts of speech for Fancies


fancies popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

fancies usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fancies

adjective fancies

  • customs — the part of a port, airport, frontier station, etc, where baggage and freight are examined for dutiable goods and contraband

noun fancies

  • notions — a general understanding; vague or imperfect conception or idea of something: a notion of how something should be done.
  • dreams — a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep.
  • desires — A strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen.
  • daydreams — Plural form of daydream.
  • whims — an odd or capricious notion or desire; a sudden or freakish fancy: a sudden whim to take a midnight walk.

verb fancies

  • likes — Digital Technology. (sometimes initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a feature used to like specific website content: a Like button; like boxes.
  • wants — to feel a need or a desire for; wish for: to want one's dinner; always wanting something new.
  • sanctions — authoritative permission or approval, as for an action.
  • conjectures — Plural form of conjecture.
  • features — a prominent or conspicuous part or characteristic: Tall buildings were a new feature on the skyline.

Antonyms for fancies

adjective fancies

  • plains — clear or distinct to the eye or ear: a plain trail to the river; to stand in plain view.

noun fancies

  • deaths — Plural form of death.
  • dislikes — Third-person singular simple present indicative form of dislike.
  • certainties — Plural form of certainty.
  • facts — something that actually exists; reality; truth: Your fears have no basis in fact.
  • actualities — Plural form of actuality.

verb fancies

  • measures — a unit or standard of measurement: weights and measures.

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