Definition of fancy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfænsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfænsi//
    (pl. fancies)
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] something that you imagine; your imagination synonym fantasy night-time fancies that disappear in the morning 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. 3 [countable, usually plural] (British English) a small decorated cake
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: contraction of fantasy.Idioms
    as/whenever, etc. the fancy takes you
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    as/whenever, etc. you feel like doing something We bought a camper van so we could go away whenever the fancy took us.
    catch/take somebody’s fancy
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    to attract or please somebody She looked through the hotel advertisements until one of them caught her fancy.
    take a fancy to somebody/something
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    (especially British English) to start liking somebody/something, often without an obvious reason He’s taken quite a fancy to his next-door neighbour.
    tickle somebody’s fancy
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    (informal) to please or amuse somebody 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 American Dictionary entry: fancy