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fancy (ˈfænsɪ)
adj , -cier, -ciest
1.  not plain; ornamented or decorative: a fancy cake; fancy clothes
2.  requiring skill to perform; intricate: a fancy dance routine
3.  arising in the imagination; capricious or illusory
4.  (often used ironically) superior in quality or impressive: a fancy course in business administration
5.  higher than expected: fancy prices
6.  (of a domestic animal) bred for particular qualities
n , -cier, -ciest, -cies
7.  a sudden capricious idea; whim
8.  a sudden or irrational liking for a person or thing
9.  See imagination the power to conceive and represent decorative and novel imagery, esp in poetry. Fancy was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than imagination
10.  an idea or thing produced by this
11.  a mental image
12.  taste or judgment, as in art of dress
13.  music fantasy, Also called: fantasia a composition for solo lute, keyboard, etc, current during the 16th and 17th centuries
14.  archaic the fancy those who follow a particular sport, esp prize fighting
vb , -cier, -ciest, -cies, -cies, -cying, -cied
15.  to picture in the imagination
16.  to suppose; imagine: I fancy it will rain
17.  (often used with a negative) to like: I don't fancy your chances!
18.  (reflexive) to have a high or ill-founded opinion of oneself: he fancied himself as a doctor
19.  informal to have a wish for; desire: she fancied some chocolate
20.  informal (Brit) to be physically attracted to (another person)
21.  to breed (animals) for particular characteristics
22.  Also: fancy that! an exclamation of surprise or disbelief
[C15 fantsy, shortened from fantasie; see fantasy]

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