fan|cy1 [ `fænsi ] adjective *
▸ 1 with lots of decorations
▸ 2 complicated/difficult
▸ 3 intended to impress
▸ 4 expensive/fashionable
▸ 5 prices: too high
▸ 6 food: very good
1. ) not plain or simple but with a lot of decorations or extra parts:
I wanted just a plain handbag, nothing fancy.
The camera comes with a fancy leather case.
2. ) complicated or difficult:
fancy computer graphics
fancy basketball moves
3. ) intended to seem impressive, important, or clever:
The candidate's fancy words lost more votes than they gained.
4. ) expensive, popular, and fashionable:
We stayed at some fancy hotel in the center of London.
children who are sent to fancy private schools
5. ) fancy prices are much higher than they should be
6. ) AMERICAN fancy food is of very good quality
fan|cy 2 [ `fænsi ] noun LITERARY
1. ) count a feeling of wanting or liking something, especially a feeling that is not very strong or serious
2. ) count or uncount imagination or something that you imagine or dream about:
one of those strange fancies of a dying person
catch someone's fancy INFORMAL
if something catches your fancy, you like it or want to have or do it:
I looked at quite a few dresses, but nothing really caught my fancy.
take a fancy to someone INFORMAL
to suddenly start to like someone or become sexually attracted to them:
I think Sam's really taken a fancy to you!
take a fancy to something INFORMAL
to suddenly start to want to have or do something
fan|cy 3 [ `fænsi ] verb transitive
1. ) LITERARY to believe or imagine that something is true:
He sometimes fancied that he heard strange sounds.
2. ) MAINLY BRITISH INFORMAL to want to have or do something:
What do you fancy for your lunch?
I quite fancy the idea of lazing around.
3. ) BRITISH INFORMAL to feel sexually attracted to someone
fancy or fancy that SPOKEN
used when you are very surprised about something

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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