fancy

I [[t]fæ̱nsi[/t]] WANTING, LIKING, OR THINKING
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fancies, fancying, fancied
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1) VERB If you fancy something, you want to have it or to do it. [mainly BRIT, INFORMAL]

[V -ing] What do you fancy doing, anyway?...

[V -ing] Do you fancy going to see a movie sometime?...

[V n] I just fancied a drink.

2) N-COUNT: usu with supp A fancy is a liking or desire for someone or something, especially one that does not last long.

She did not suspect that his interest was just a passing fancy.

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3) VERB If you fancy someone, you feel attracted to them, especially in a sexual way. [INFORMAL]

[V n] The boys would tease you to death if they didn't fancy you...

[V n] I think he thinks I fancy him or something.

4) VERB If you fancy yourself as a particular kind of person or fancy yourself doing a particular thing, you like the idea of being that kind of person or doing that thing.

[V pron-refl as n] So you fancy yourself as the boss someday?...

[V pron-refl -ing] I didn't fancy myself wearing a kilt.

5) VERB If you say that someone fancies themselves as a particular kind of person, you mean that they think, often wrongly, that they have the good qualities which that kind of person has.

[V pron-refl n] She fancies herself a bohemian...

[V pron-refl as n] She knew Felix fancied himself as a connoisseur.

[V pron-refl] ...a flighty young woman who really fancies herself.

6) VERB If you say that you fancy a particular competitor or team in a competition, you think they will win. [BRIT]

[V n] You have to fancy Bath because they are the most consistent team in England...

[V n to-inf] I fancy England and Yugoslavia to win through.

7) VERB If you fancy that something is the case, you think or suppose that it is so. [LITERARY]

[V that] When Ferris looked up he fancied that he saw a shadow pass close to the window...

[V that] She fancied he was trying to hide a smile.

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8) N-VAR A fancy is an idea that is unlikely, untrue, or imaginary. [LITERARY]

His last book is a bold, at times surrealistic mixture of fact and fancy.

...a childhood fancy.

...whims and fancies.

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9) EXCLAM (feelings) You say `fancy' or `fancy that' when you want to express surprise or disapproval.

Fancy coming to a funeral in brown boots!...

`Fancy that!' smiled Conti.

10) PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n/-ing If you take a fancy to someone or something, you start liking them, usually for no understandable reason.

Sylvia took quite a fancy to him...

The King took a fancy to ordering disguises and masks.

11) PHRASE: V inflects If something takes your fancy or tickles your fancy, you like it a lot when you see it or think of it.

She makes most of her own clothes, copying any fashion which takes her fancy.

12) flight of fancysee flight
II [[t]fæ̱nsi[/t]] ELABORATE OR EXPENSIVE
fancier, fanciest
1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe something as fancy, you mean that it is special, unusual, or elaborate, for example because it has a lot of decoration.

It was packaged in a fancy plastic case with attractive graphics.

...fancy jewellery.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe something as fancy, you mean that it is very expensive or of very high quality, and you often dislike it because of this. [INFORMAL]

He owned a fancy house out on Lake Agaway...

They sent me to a fancy private school.


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