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I would quite like to play a big concert as Freddie Mercury. I can't sing that great and I haven't yet found a use for the over large size of my teeth. I quite fancy a mustache like that and he was such a great showman.
Kate Beckinsale

Meaning of "fancy" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD FANCY

Fantsy, shortened from fantasie.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF FANCY

fancy  [ˈfænsɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF FANCY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Fancy is a verb and can also act as a noun, an adjective and an exclamation.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb fancy in English.



Exclamation is an expression or voice that reflects an emotion or exaltation.

WHAT DOES FANCY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of fancy in the English dictionary

The first definition of fancy in the dictionary is not plain; ornamented or decorative. Other definition of fancy is requiring skill to perform; intricate. Fancy is also arising in the imagination; capricious or illusory.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO FANCY

PRESENT

Present
I fancy
you fancy
he/she/it fancies
we fancy
you fancy
they fancy
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
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
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I fancied
you fancied
he/she/it fancied
we fancied
you fancied
they 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
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
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will fancy
you will fancy
he/she/it will fancy
we will fancy
you will fancy
they will fancy
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
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 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
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would fancy
you would fancy
he/she/it would fancy
we would fancy
you would fancy
they would fancy
Conditional continuous
I would be fancying
you would be fancying
he/she/it would be fancying
we would be fancying
you would be fancying
they would be fancying
Conditional perfect
I would have fancy
you would have fancy
he/she/it would have fancy
we would have fancy
you would have fancy
they would have fancy
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been fancying
you would have been fancying
he/she/it would have been fancying
we would have been fancying
you would have been fancying
they would have been fancying
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you fancy
we let´s fancy
you fancy
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to fancy
Past participle
fancied
Present Participle
fancying
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH FANCY


Anancy
əˈnænsɪ
Anansi
əˈnænsɪ
axinomancy
ækˈsɪnəʊˌmænsɪ
bibliomancy
ˈbɪblɪəʊˌmænsɪ
cartomancy
ˈkɑːtəˌmænsɪ
chiromancy
ˈkaɪrəˌmænsɪ
Clancy
ˈklænsɪ
cleromancy
ˈklerəˌmænsɪ
coscinomancy
ˈkɒsɪnəʊˌmænsɪ
geomancy
ˈdʒiːəʊˌmænsɪ
hieromancy
ˈhaɪərəˌmænsɪ
nancy
ˈnænsɪ
necromancy
ˈnɛkrəʊˌmænsɪ
omphalomancy
ˈɒmfələʊˌmænsɪ
oneiromancy
əʊˈnaɪərəʊˌmænsɪ
pyromancy
ˈpaɪrəʊˌmænsɪ
spodomancy
ˈspɒdəˌmænsɪ
theomancy
ˈθiːəʊmænsɪ
unfancy
ʌnˈfænsɪ
zoomancy
ˈzəʊəˌmænsɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE FANCY

fanciest
fanciful
fancifully
fancifulness
fancify
fanciless
fancily
fanciness
Fanconi anaemia
fancy dress
fancy dress ball
fancy dress party
fancy free
fancy goods
fancy man
fancy men
fancy woman
fancy women
fancy-free
fancywork

WORDS THAT END LIKE FANCY

accountancy
buoyancy
conservancy
consultancy
discrepancy
expectancy
infancy
job vacancy
life expectancy
malignancy
management consultancy
occupancy
pregnancy
Puy de Sancy
redundancy
relevancy
tenancy
the fancy
vacancy
vibrancy

Synonyms and antonyms of fancy in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «FANCY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «fancy» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of fancy

Translation of «fancy» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF FANCY

Find out the translation of fancy to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of fancy from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «fancy» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

想象
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

tener ganas de
570 millions of speakers

English

fancy
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

फैंसी
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يَرْغَبُ في
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

желать
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

gostar de
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অভিনব
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

être attiré par
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Mewah
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

jemanden attraktiv finden
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

・・・が気に入る
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

공상하다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Apik
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

thích
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஆடம்பரமான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

फॅन्सी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

fantezi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

piacere
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

mieć ochotę na
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

хотіти
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a-și imagina
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

συμπαθώ
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

fancy
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

tycka om
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

forestille (seg)
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of fancy

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «FANCY»

The term «fancy» is very widely used and occupies the 5.446 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «FANCY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «fancy» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «fancy» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about fancy

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10 QUOTES WITH «FANCY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word fancy.
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Ted Allen
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they cook for other people is to think that it has to be fancy and elaborate. This results in enormous expense and nine days of labor, plus you end up trying to assemble a croquembouche in front of your guests and everyone's experiencing flop sweat.
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Edward E. Barnard
It is well to fetter the wings of our fancy and restrain its flights.
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Bernard Barton
Welcome, wild harbinger of spring! To this small nook of earth; Feeling and fancy fondly cling, Round thoughts which owe their birth, To thee, and to the humble spot, Where chance has fixed thy lowly lot.
4
Count Basie
I decided that I would be one of the biggest new names; and I actually had some little fancy business cards printed up to announce it, 'Count Basie. Beware, the Count is Here.'
5
Charles Baudelaire
I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial.
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Kate Beckinsale
I would quite like to play a big concert as Freddie Mercury. I can't sing that great and I haven't yet found a use for the over large size of my teeth. I quite fancy a mustache like that and he was such a great showman.
7
Maeve Binchy
Always write as if you are talking to someone. It works. Don't put on any fancy phrases or accents or things you wouldn't say in real life.
8
Cliff Burton
Why should we change onstage? We're not trying to be something big and fancy, it's just us, doing what we do, we'd like to keep it that way.
9
Albert Claude
For over two billion years, through the apparent fancy of her endless differentiations and metamorphosis the Cell, as regards its basic physiological mechanisms, has remained one and the same. It is life itself, and our true and distant ancestor.
10
Patsy Cline
I'm having surgery today to have my face cleaned up. But it will take some fancy stitching to make me all beautiful again!

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «FANCY»

Discover the use of fancy in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to fancy and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Fancy Nancy Big Book
No one knows fancy like Nancy.
Jane O'Connor, 2009
2
Fancy
Grace is paired with Fancy, a Welsh pony, on her first horseback riding lesson, and even though Fancy is small, she and Grace learn how to ride together and compete in a race.
Kristin Earhart, 2010
3
Ed McGivern's Book of Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting
A world champion marksmen who made The Guinness Book of World Records, he trained scores of law enforcement officers and developed a system of teaching that is as effective today as it was when this book was originally published.
Ed McGivern, 2007
4
Fancy
Determined to keep her orphaned family together, a young woman must also battle to keep her heart intact against a dashing logger who had determined that Fancy will not be alone for long.
Norah Hess, 2009
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Fancy Pants (Only In Gooding Book #1)
Humorous Romance From a Bestselling Author When Britisher Lady Sydney Hathwell's father dies, the American who planned to wed her suddenly reneges.
Cathy Marie Hake, 2007
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Fancy 2
Determined to eliminate both Maribel and their unborn child, Aaron is out for blood.
Vanna B., 2013
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Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth
Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth is the first in a series of delightful middle-grade mysteries. Sassy Fancy Nancy is now a detective.
Jane O'Connor, 2012
8
Fancy Dancer
Jake must spend a year helping Angelica Dancer and her daughter, Fancy, at the Dancer Foundation for neglected children.
Fern Michaels, 2012
9
Fancy pantry
"Well preserved, prettily pickled, candied, brandied, potted, bottled, sun-dried, and otherwise put-by elegant edibles"--Cover subtitle. 250 recipes. Includes glossary and mail-order sources.
Helen Witty, 1986
10
Corbin's Fancy
"Frances Gordon," replied Fancy, accepting the offered hand and squeezing it firmly. Amelie's frown was pensive. "I thought Keith said your name was — Fancy. " Fancy blushed. "That's my nickname." "It's really so— colorful." Fancy did not ...
Linda Lael Miller, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «FANCY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term fancy is used in the context of the following news items.
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Fancy Sushi Bar and Grill reopens on Hilton Head Island
Fancy Sushi Bar and Grill, in Northridge Plaza at 435 William Hilton Parkway, Unit G, on Hilton Head Island, recently reopened after closing in ... «Hilton Head Island Packet, Jul 15»
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PHT Morning Skate: Canes' Fleury gets fancy with behind-the-legs …
PHT's Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what's happening and what we'll be talking about around the NHL world ... «NBCSports.com, Jul 15»
3
Disney wins duel with fancy dress shop over starwars.co.uk
After owning the domain name starwars.co.uk for the past ten years, a fancy dress retailer in the UK is being forced to relinquish it to Disney. «Engadget, Jul 15»
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Fancy saving some money? A new BBC show hosted by Denise …
A new TV series advising people how to look after their cash launches next week. Right on the Money – a BBC One daytime series broadcast ... «Manchester Evening News, Jul 15»
5
Special election to decide Fancy Farm wine sales
He says he's trying to make Fancy Farm a bit fancier with a vineyard. "Only in a Fancy Farm could you grow wine grapes," Curtsinger says. «WPSD Local 6, Jul 15»
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16 times Wimbledon fans brought their fancy dress A game
Ferne McCann talks Celebrity Love Island: "If I'm single, why not? Give it a whirl". Black Sabbath guitar legend Tony Iommi jams with star-struck ... «Radio Times, Jul 15»
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With IBM's Fancy 7-Nanometer Chip, Moore's Law (Kind Of) Continues
This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email ... «ReadWrite, Jul 15»
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Review: Adriano Zumbo's Fancy Nance is high tea with a twost
This is high tea at Fancy Nance — Adriano Zumbo's newest venture in South Yarra. He's gamely taken up the cursed venue most recently ... «Herald Sun, Jul 15»
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Fancy an ostrich egg with your fry up? This restaurant will be happy …
This is a question diners at one London restaurant will undoubtedly of asked themselves before taking on the challenge of eating a whole fried ... «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»
10
Watch brave have-a-go gran stop fancy dress shop thieves from …
This video shows the second that a grandmother stopped two thieves from stealing a cash box from the shop where she was working. Johanna ... «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Fancy [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/fancy>. Apr 2020 ».
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