fanciest

Definition, Synonyms, Translations of fanciest by The Free Dictionary

fan·cy


(făn′sē)

adj.

fan·ci·er

,

fan·ci·est

1.

a.

Highly decorated:

a fancy hat.

b.

Complex or intricate:

the fancy footwork of a figure skater.

2.

a.

Elegantly fashionable or sophisticated:

a fancy restaurant; a fancy way of asking for a loan.

b.

Of superior grade; fine:

fancy preserves.

3.

Excessive or exorbitant:

paid a fancy price for the car.

4.

Bred for unusual qualities or special points.

n.

pl.

fan·cies

1.

The mental faculty through which whims, visions, and fantasies are summoned up; imagination, especially of a whimsical or fantastic nature.

2.

Something imagined or invented by the mind:

“As the fancies that kept crowding in upon him only made him more excited, he got out of bed and tried to think.”


(Sherwood Anderson).

3.

a.

A capricious liking or inclination:

I have a fancy for a glass of wine.

b.

A romantic liking or interest:

She’s taken a fancy to you.

4.

a.

The enthusiasts or fans of a sport or pursuit considered as a group.

b.

The sport or pursuit, such as boxing, engaging the interest of such a group.

tr.v.

fan·cied

,

fan·cy·ing

,

fan·cies

1.

a.

To have a liking or enthusiasm for:

fancies sports cars.

b.

To have a desire or inclination for:

Would you fancy a cup of coffee?

c.

To take a romantic interest in (someone):

Do you think he fancies her?

2.

To imagine or suppose:

“I fancy she is an exceedingly proud woman”


(Jane Austen).

[From Middle English

fantsy

,

imagination, fantasy

, from

fantasie

; see

fantasy

.]

fan′ci·ly

adv.

fan′ci·ness

n.

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fancy

(

ˈfænsɪ

)

adj

,

-cier

or

-ciest

1.

not plain; ornamented or decorative:

a fancy cake

;

fancy clothes

.

2.

requiring skill to perform; intricate:

a fancy dance routine

.

3.

arising in the imagination; capricious or illusory

4.

(

often used ironically

) superior in quality or impressive:

a fancy course in business administration

.

5.

higher than expected:

fancy prices

.

6.

(Zoology) (of a domestic animal) bred for particular qualities

n

,

pl

-cies

7.

a sudden capricious idea; whim

8.

a sudden or irrational liking for a person or thing

9.

(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the power to conceive and represent decorative and novel imagery, esp in poetry. Fancy was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than imagination. See

imagination

4

10.

an idea or thing produced by this

11.

a mental image

12.

taste or judgment, as in art of dress

13.

(Classical Music)

music

Also called:

fantasy

or

fantasia

a composition for solo lute, keyboard, etc, current during the 16th and 17th centuries

14.

the fancy

archaic

those who follow a particular sport, esp prize fighting

vb

(

tr

) ,

-cies

,

-cying

or

-cied

15.

to picture in the imagination

16.

to suppose; imagine:

I fancy it will rain

.

17.

(

often used with a negative

) to like:

I don’t fancy your chances!

.

18.

(

reflexive

) to have a high or ill-founded opinion of oneself:

he fancied himself as a doctor

.

19.

informal

to have a wish for; desire:

she fancied some chocolate

.

20.

informal

Brit

to be physically attracted to (another person)

21.

(Zoology) to breed (animals) for particular characteristics

interj

Also:

fancy that!

an exclamation of surprise or disbelief

[C15

fantsy

, shortened from

fantasie

; see fantasy]

ˈfancily

adv

ˈfanciness

n

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fan•cy


(ˈfæn si)

n.,

pl.

-cies,

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 conception; notion:

happy fancies of being famous.

4.

an idea or opinion with little foundation; illusion.

5.

a caprice; whim.

6.

inclination; a liking:

to take a fancy to smoked oysters.

7.

critical judgment; taste.

8.

amorous inclination; love.

9.

the fancy,

Archaic.

people deeply interested in a sport, art, etc.

adj.

10.

of superfine quality or exceptional appeal:

fancy goods.

11.

decorative:

a cake with a fancy icing.

12.

whimsical; irregular:

a fancy conception of time.

13.

costly; exorbitant:

a consultant who charges fancy fees.

v.t.

14.

to picture to oneself; imagine.

15.

to believe without being absolutely sure:

I fancy you are my new neighbor.

16.

to like.

interj.

17.

(used as an exclamation of mild surprise):

They invited you, too? Fancy!

[1350–1400; Middle English

fan(t)

sy

, variant of

fantasie


fantasy

]

fan′ci•ness,

n.

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fancy

Past participle:

fancied

Gerund:

fancyingImperative

fancy

fancy

Present

I fancy

you fancy

he/she/it fancies

we fancy

you fancy

they fancy

Preterite

I fancied

you fancied

he/she/it fancied

we fancied

you fancied

they fancied

Present Continuous

I am fancying

you are fancying

he/she/it is fancying

we are fancying

you are fancying

they are fancying

Present Perfect

I have fancied

you have fancied

he/she/it has fancied

we have fancied

you have fancied

they have fancied

Past Continuous

I was fancying

you were fancying

he/she/it was fancying

we were fancying

you were fancying

they were fancying

Past Perfect

I had fancied

you had fancied

he/she/it had fancied

we had fancied

you had fancied

they had fancied

Future

I will fancy

you will fancy

he/she/it will fancy

we will fancy

you will fancy

they will fancy

Future Perfect

I will have fancied

you will have fancied

he/she/it will have fancied

we will have fancied

you will have fancied

they will have fancied

Future Continuous

I will be fancying

you will be fancying

he/she/it will be fancying

we will be fancying

you will be fancying

they will be fancying

Present Perfect Continuous

I have been fancying

you have been fancying

he/she/it has been fancying

we have been fancying

you have been fancying

they have been fancying

Future Perfect Continuous

I will have been fancying

you will have been fancying

he/she/it will have been fancying

we will have been fancying

you will have been fancying

they will have been fancying

Past Perfect Continuous

I had been fancying

you had been fancying

he/she/it had been fancying

we had been fancying

you had been fancying

they had been fancying

Conditional

I would fancy

you would fancy

he/she/it would fancy

we would fancy

you would fancy

they would fancy

Past Conditional

I would have fancied

you would have fancied

he/she/it would have fancied

we would have fancied

you would have fancied

they would have fancied

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