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Fancy vs. Fancier

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Fancynoun

The imagination.

Fanciernoun

One who fancies; a person with a special interest, attraction or liking for something.

‘She's definitely a cat fancier: she has nine of them in her home and the walls are covered with pictures of more.’;

Fancynoun

An image or representation of anything formed in the mind.

Fanciernoun

A person who breeds or grows a particular animal or plant for points of excellence.

Fancynoun

An opinion or notion formed without much reflection.

Fanciernoun

One who fancies or imagines.

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Fancynoun

A whim.

‘I had a fancy to learn to play the flute.’;

Fanciernoun

One who is governed by fancy.

Fancynoun

Love or amorous attachment.

‘He took a fancy to her.’;

Fanciernoun

One who fancies or has a special liking for, or interest in, a particular object or class or objects; hence, one who breeds and keeps for sale birds and animals; as, bird fancier, dog fancier, etc.

Fancynoun

The object of inclination or liking.

Fanciernoun

a person having a strong liking for something

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Fancynoun

Any sport or hobby pursued by a group.

‘Trainspotting is the fancy of a special lot.’; ‘the cat fancy’;

Fancynoun

The enthusiasts of such a pursuit.

‘He fell out of favor with the boxing fancy after the incident.’;

Fancynoun

A diamond with a distinctive colour.

Fancynoun

That which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value.

Fancynoun

(obsolete) A sort of love song or light impromptu ballad.

Fancynoun

In the game of jacks, a style of play involving additional actions (contrasted with plainsies).

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Fancyadjective

Decorative.

‘This is a fancy shawl.’;

Fancyadjective

Of a superior grade.

‘This box contains bottles of the fancy grade of jelly.’;

Fancyadjective

Executed with skill.

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

Fancyadjective

(colloquial) Unnecessarily complicated.

‘I'm not keen on him and his fancy ideas.’;

Fancyadjective

(obsolete) Extravagant; above real value.

Fancyadverb

(nonstandard) In a fancy manner; fancily.

Fancyverb

(formal) To appreciate without jealousy or greed.

‘I fancy your new car, but I like my old one just fine.’;

Fancyverb

(British) would like

‘I fancy a burger tonight for dinner.’; ‘Do you fancy going to town this weekend?’;

Fancyverb

To be sexually attracted to.

‘I fancy that girl over there.’;

Fancyverb

(dated) To imagine, suppose.

‘I fancy you'll want something to drink after your long journey.’; ‘Fancy meeting you here!’; ‘Fancy that! I saw Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy kissing in the garden.’;

Fancyverb

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

Fancyverb

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

Fancyverb

(transitive) To breed (animals) as a hobby.

Fancynoun

The faculty by which the mind forms an image or a representation of anything perceived before; the power of combining and modifying such objects into new pictures or images; the power of readily and happily creating and recalling such objects for the purpose of amusement, wit, or embellishment; imagination.

‘In the soulAre many lesser faculties, that serveReason as chief. Among these fancy nextHer office holds.’;

Fancynoun

An image or representation of anything formed in the mind; conception; thought; idea; conceit.

‘How now, my lord ! why do you keep alone,Of sorriest fancies your companoins making ?’;

Fancynoun

An opinion or notion formed without much reflection; caprice; whim; impression.

‘I have always had a fancy that learning might be made a play and recreation to children.’;

Fancynoun

Inclination; liking, formed by caprice rather than reason; as, to strike one's fancy; hence, the object of inclination or liking.

‘To fit your fancies to your father's will.’;

Fancynoun

That which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value.

‘London pride is a pretty fancy for borders.’;

Fancynoun

A sort of love song or light impromptu ballad.

‘At a great book sale in London, which had congregated all the fancy.’;

Fancyverb

To figure to one's self; to believe or imagine something without proof.

‘If our search has reached no farther than simile and metaphor, we rather fancy than know.’;

Fancyverb

To love.

Fancyverb

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

‘He whom I fancy, but can ne'er express.’;

Fancyverb

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

Fancyverb

To believe without sufficient evidence; to imagine (something which is unreal).

‘He fancied he was welcome, because those arounde him were his kinsmen.’;

Fancyadjective

Adapted to please the fancy or taste, especially when of high quality or unusually appealing; ornamental; as, fancy goods; fancy clothes.

Fancyadjective

Extravagant; above real value.

‘This anxiety never degenerated into a monomania, like that which led his [Frederick the Great's] father to pay fancy prices for giants.’;

Fancynoun

something many people believe that is false;

‘they have the illusion that I am very wealthy’;

Fancynoun

fancy was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than imagination

Fancynoun

a predisposition to like something;

‘he had a fondness for whiskey’;

Fancyverb

imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind;

‘I can't see him on horseback!’; ‘I can see what will happen’; ‘I can see a risk in this strategy’;

Fancyverb

have a fancy or particular liking or desire for;

‘She fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window’;

Fancyadjective

not plain; decorative or ornamented;

‘fancy handwriting’; ‘fancy clothes’;

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