He fancied himself a Marxist, lived in rooming houses under aliases and was a furtive, nasty man.
A part of him had always wanted to be an actor—"Charlton Hepburn," he fancied himself—and now he had gotten his wish.
With access to the social network, he found a 17-year-old girl he fancied, drew pictures of her, and sent them to her mother.
I joined this drama club when I was 16 because I fancied this girl who went to it.
I fancied him and we clicked, but neither of us made great efforts to see each other again.
Upon this one our eyes became fixed, as we now fancied it was wounded.
I fancied it in the fields, in the gardens, in the palace, in the prison.
Gloucester fancied that the opportunity of overthrowing his rival had come.
Hester did not like the remark, and he fancied from her look she had misunderstood him.
I fancied you were coming after me in a most leisurely manner.
mid-15c., contraction of fantasy, it took the older and longer word's sense of "inclination, whim, desire." Meaning "fans of an amusement or sport, collectively" is attested by 1735, especially (though not originally) of the prize ring. The adjective is recorded from mid-18c.