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[fan-see-wurk] /ˈfæn siˌwɜrk/
ornamental needlework.
Origin of fancywork
1800-10; fancy + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The rich powers of her young womanhood longed for occupation, but she could never hypnotize herself with "fancywork."

    The Crux Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • For the most of the time Mrs. Stanhope and Mrs. Laning did fancywork.

    The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
  • They embroider, and do other fancywork, and they sing and play.

    Little Folks of North America Mary Hazelton Wade
  • I think I liked the horses and the flowers and the fancywork best.

    Anne Of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Why will dear old ladies cherish these household monsters, festooning them with ribbons and fancywork?

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • Y'u sit there in that chair, where I can see y'u doing that fancywork and I'll not say a word.

    Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West William MacLeod Raine
  • She never did fancywork, and knew nothing of sewing, so her thread knotted and broke, and her patch presented a sorry sight.

    Patty's Summer Days Carolyn Wells
  • She lives alone in a little house with a green yard, and keeps a fancywork and millinery store.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • I took Madonna there on an occasion to gather the little shells for the fancywork the master makes.

    The Red Redmaynes Eden Phillpotts
  • Often the mothers brought their fancywork and sat on the shady side of the tent during the lesson.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
British Dictionary definitions for fancywork


any ornamental needlework, such as embroidery or crochet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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