- US Pronunciation
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- UK Pronunciation
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- /ˈfæn si/
- US Pronunciation
- US IPA
- /ˈfæn si/
Definitions of fancy word
- noun plural fancy imagination or fantasy, especially as exercised in a capricious manner. 1
- noun plural fancy the artistic ability of creating unreal or whimsical imagery, decorative detail, etc., as in poetry or drawing. 1
- noun plural fancy a mental image or conception: He had happy fancies of being a famous actor. 1
- noun plural fancy an idea or opinion with little foundation; illusion: Her belief that she can sing is a mere fancy. 1
- noun plural fancy a caprice; whim; vagary: It was his fancy to fly to Paris occasionally for dinner. 1
- noun plural fancy capricious preference; inclination; a liking: to take a fancy to walking barefoot in the streets. 1
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Origin of fancy
First appearance:before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English fan(t)sy, syncopated variant of fantasie fantasy
Parts of speech for Fancy
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".
fancy usage trend in Literature
Synonyms for fancy
- decorative — Something that is decorative is intended to look pretty or attractive.
- gaudy — brilliantly or excessively showy: gaudy plumage.
- lavish — expended, bestowed, or occurring in profusion: lavish spending.
- sumptuous — entailing great expense, as from choice materials, fine work, etc.; costly: a sumptuous residence.
- complicated — If you say that something is complicated, you mean it has so many parts or aspects that it is difficult to understand or deal with.
- imagination — the faculty of imagining, or of forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses.
- inclination — a disposition or bent, especially of the mind or will; a liking or preference: Much against his inclination, he was forced to resign.
- impression — a strong effect produced on the intellect, feelings, conscience, etc.
- whim — an odd or capricious notion or desire; a sudden or freakish fancy: a sudden whim to take a midnight walk.
- image — a physical likeness or representation of a person, animal, or thing, photographed, painted, sculptured, or otherwise made visible.
- visualize — to recall or form mental images or pictures.
- phantom — an apparition or specter.
- conceive — If you cannot conceive of something, you cannot imagine it or believe it.
- believe — If you believe that something is true, you think that it is true, but you are not sure.
- conjecture — A conjecture is a conclusion that is based on information that is not certain or complete.
- elaboration — The act or process of producing or refining with labor; improvement by successive operations; refinement.
- ornamental — used or grown for ornament: ornamental plants.
- extravagant — Lacking restraint in spending money or using resources.
- elegant — Pleasingly graceful and stylish in appearance or manner.
- embellished — Simple past tense and past participle of embellish.
Antonyms for fancy
- unadorned — to decorate or add beauty to, as by ornaments: garlands of flowers adorning their hair.
- ugly — very unattractive or unpleasant to look at; offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance.
- plain — clear or distinct to the eye or ear: a plain trail to the river; to stand in plain view.
- simple — easy to understand, deal with, use, etc.: a simple matter; simple tools.
- poor — having little or no money, goods, or other means of support: a poor family living on welfare.
- physicality — the physical attributes of a person, especially when overdeveloped or overemphasized.
- death — Death is the permanent end of the life of a person or animal.
- dislike — to regard with displeasure, antipathy, or aversion: I dislike working. I dislike oysters.
- hate — to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.
- hatred — the feeling of one who hates; intense dislike or extreme aversion or hostility.
- misunderstand — to take (words, statements, etc.) in a wrong sense; understand wrongly.
- disbelieve — to have no belief in; refuse or reject belief in: to disbelieve reports of UFO sightings.
- measure — a unit or standard of measurement: weights and measures.
- disregard — to pay no attention to; leave out of consideration; ignore: Disregard the footnotes.
- ignore — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.
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