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



    BrE BrE//ˈfænsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfænsi//
    (fancier, fanciest)
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  1. 1  unusually complicated, often in an unnecessary way; intended to impress other people a kitchen full of fancy gadgets They added a lot of fancy footwork to the dance. He's always using fancy legal words. opposite simple
  2. 2[only before noun] (especially of small things) with a lot of decorations or bright colours fancy goods (= things sold as gifts or for decoration) He was the fanciest dresser in the room. compare plain
  3. 3(sometimes disapproving) expensive or connected with an expensive way of life fancy restaurants with fancy prices Don't come back with any fancy ideas.
  4. 4(North American English) (of food) of high quality
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: contraction of fantasy.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fancy