- 1 [countable, uncountable] something that you imagine; your imagination synonym fantasy a child's wild flights of fancy
- 2 [singular] a feeling that you would like to have or to do something synonym whim She said she wanted a dog, but it was only a passing fancy. Idioms
as/whenever, etc. you feel like doing something We bought an RV so we could go away whenever the fancy took us.
as/whenever, etc. the fancy takes youjump to other results
to attract or please someone She looked through the hotel ads until one of them caught her fancy.
catch/take/strike somebody's fancyjump to other results
to start liking someone or something, often without an obvious reason He's taken a fancy to his next-door neighbor.
take a fancy to somebody/something (old-fashioned)jump to other results
to please or amuse someone See if any of these tickle your fancy. If you see something that tickles your fancy, I'll buy it for you.
tickle somebody's fancy (informal)jump to other results