Meaning of fancy

fan•cy

Pronunciation: (fan'sē), [key]
— n., pl. adj., v., interj. -cies, -ci•er, -ci•est, -cied, -cy•ing,
—n.
  1. imagination or fantasy, esp. as exercised in a capricious manner.
  2. the artistic ability of creating unreal or whimsical imagery, decorative detail, etc., as in poetry or drawing.
  3. a mental image or conception: He had happy fancies of being a famous actor.
  4. an idea or opinion with little foundation; illusion: Her belief that she can sing is a mere fancy.
  5. a caprice; whim; vagary: It was his fancy to fly to Paris occasionally for dinner.
  6. capricious preference; inclination; a liking: to take a fancy to walking barefoot in the streets.
  7. critical judgment; taste.
  8. the breeding of animals to develop points of beauty or excellence.
  9. love.
  10. people deeply interested in a sport, art, etc.
—adj.
  1. made, designed, grown, adapted, etc., to please the taste or fancy; of superfine quality or exceptional appeal: fancy goods; fancy fruits.
  2. ornamental; decorative; not plain: a cake with a fancy icing.
  3. depending on imagination or caprice; whimsical; irregular: a fancy conception of time.
  4. bred to develop points of beauty or excellence, as an animal.
  5. much too costly; exorbitant or extravagant: a consultant who charges fancy fees.
—v.t.
  1. to form a conception of; picture to oneself: Fancy living with that egotist all your life!
  2. to believe without being absolutely sure or certain: I fancy you are my new neighbor.
  3. to take a liking to; like.
  4. to breed to develop a special type of animal.
  5. to make superficially showy by way of improvement: an old car fancied up with a bright new paint job.
—interj.
  1. (used as an exclamation of mild surprise): They invited you, too? Fancy!
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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