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

Definitions of fancying word

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

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Origin of fancying

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 Fancying


fancying 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".

fancying usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fancying

noun fancying

  • conception — A conception of something is an idea that you have of it in your mind.
  • phantasy — fantasy.
  • stargazing — to gaze at or observe the stars.
  • woolgathering — indulgence in idle fancies and in daydreaming; absentmindedness: His woolgathering was a handicap in school.
  • formulation — to express in precise form; state definitely or systematically: He finds it extremely difficult to formulate his new theory.

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