fan|cy1 S3 [ˈfænsi] v past tense and past participle fancied present participle fancying third person singular fancies [T]
2¦(sexual attraction)¦
3 fancy yourself
4 fancy yourself (as) something
5¦(think something will be successful)¦
6 fancy!/fancy that!
1.) ¦(LIKE/WANT)¦
BrE informal to like or want something, or want to do something
= ↑feel like
Fancy a quick drink, Emma?
fancy doing sth
Sorry, but I don't fancy going out tonight.
BrE informal to feel sexually attracted to someone
All the girls fancied him.
3.) fancy yourself
BrE informal to behave in a way that shows you think you are very attractive or clever
That bloke on the dance floor really fancies himself.
4.) fancy yourself (as) sth
BrE to believe, usually wrongly, that you have particular skills or are a particular type of person
He fancies himself an artist.
She fancies herself as another Madonna.
BrE to think someone or something is likely to be successful in something
Which team do you fancy this year?
I don't fancy our chances of getting a ticket this late.
6.) fancy!/fancy that!
BrE spoken used to express your surprise or shock about something
'The Petersons are getting divorced.' 'Fancy that!'
Fancy seeing you here!
literary to think or believe something without being certain
fancy (that)
She fancied she heard a noise downstairs.
fancy 2
fancy2 n plural fancies
2 tickle somebody's fancy
[Date: 1400-1500; Origin: fantasy]
1.) ¦(LIKING/WISH)¦ [singular]
especially BrE
a) a feeling, especially one that is not particularly strong or urgent, that you like someone or want to have something
take a fancy to sb/sth
(=decide that you like someone or want to have something)
Mr Hill took a real fancy to Clara.
Wanting to go to Mexico was just a passing fancy (=the feeling did not last long) .
Because of its high cost, a carpet is not an item that you change as the fancy takes you (=whenever you want) .
b) take/catch your fancy
if something takes or catches your fancy, you like it or want to have it
Did you see anything that took your fancy?
2.) tickle sb's fancy informal
to seem attractive or amusing to someone
The idea of playing a joke on her tickled his fancy.
3.) ¦(IDEA)¦ old-fashioned an idea or opinion that is not based on fact
Oh, that was just a fancy of his.
literary imagination or something that you imagine
flight of fancy atflight
fancy 3
fancy3 S3 adj comparative fancier superlative fanciest
1.) fancy hotels, restaurants, cars etc are expensive and fashionable
= ↑swanky
Harry took me to a fancy restaurant for our anniversary.
fancy prices
BrE (=very high and often unreasonable prices)
2.) having a lot of decoration or bright colours, or made in a complicated way
fancy soaps in seashell shapes
I just want a basic sports coat - nothing fancy .
3.) complicated and needing a lot of skill
I can't do all that fancy stuff on the computer.
Negotiating a deal can take some fancy footwork (=skill at making deals) .
4.) [only before noun] AmE
fancy food is of a high quality

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