• Executed with skill.

    "He initiated the game winning play with a fancy, deked saucer pass to the winger."

  • Of a superior grade.

    "This box contains bottles of the fancy grade of jelly."

  • (obsolete) Extravagant; above real value.
  • Decorative.

    "This is a fancy shawl."

  • (colloquial) Unnecessarily complicated.

    "I'm not keen on him and his fancy ideas."


  • An opinion or notion formed without much reflection; an impression.
  • The object of inclination or liking.
  • The enthusiasts of such a pursuit.

    "He fell out of favor with the boxing fancy after the incident."

  • (obsolete) A sort of love song or light impromptu ballad.
  • An image or representation of anything formed in the mind; conception; thought; idea.
  • Love or amorous attachment.

    "He took a fancy to her."

  • Any sport or hobby pursued by a group.

    "the cat fancy"

  • That which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value.
  • The imagination.
  • A whim.

    "I had a fancy to learn to play the flute."

  • Any sport or hobby pursued by a group.

    "Trainspotting is the fancy of a special lot."

  • A diamond with a distinctive colour.
  • In the game of jacks, a style of play involving additional actions (contrasted with plainsies).


  • (formal) To appreciate without jealousy or greed.

    "I fancy your new car, but I like my old one just fine."

  • (Britain, informal) To be sexually attracted to.

    "I fancy that girl over there."

  • (dated) To imagine, suppose.

    "Fancy that! I saw Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy kissing in the garden."

  • (Britain) would like

    "Do you fancy going to town this weekend?"

  • (dated) To imagine, suppose.

    "Fancy meeting you here!"

  • To have a fancy for; to like; to be pleased with, particularly on account of external appearance or manners.
  • (Britain) would like

    "I fancy a burger tonight for dinner"

  • (dated) To imagine, suppose.

    "I fancy you'll want something to drink after your long journey."

  • To form a conception of; to portray in the mind; to imagine.

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