American English

Definition of fancy noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. fancies)
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] something that you imagine; your imagination synonym fantasy a child's wild flights of fancy
  2. 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.
  3. Idioms
    as/whenever, etc. the fancy takes you
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    as/whenever, etc. you feel like doing something We bought an RV so we could go away whenever the fancy took us.
    catch/take/strike somebody's fancy
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    to attract or please someone She looked through the hotel ads until one of them caught her fancy.
    take a fancy to somebody/something (old-fashioned)
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    to start liking someone or something, often without an obvious reason He's taken a fancy to his next-door neighbor.
    tickle somebody's fancy (informal)
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    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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: fancy