fancy Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “fancy” in the English Dictionary

"fancy" in British English

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fancy verb (LIKE)

B1 [T] UK to ​want to have or do something: Do you fancy a ​drink this ​evening? [+ -ing verb] I didn't fancy swimming in that ​water.B2 [T] UK informal to be ​sexuallyattracted to someone: He could ​tell she fancied him.fancy yourself UK disapproving to ​think you are very ​attractive or ​important: That Dave really fancies himself, doesn't he?
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fancy verb (IMAGINE)

[I or T] UK to ​imagine or ​think that something is so: He fancies himself as a ​bit of a ​singer. [+ to infinitive] Who do you fancy towin the Cup this ​year? [+ (that)] literary I fancied (that) I ​saw something ​moving in the ​corner.old-fashioned This isn't the first ​time this has ​happened, I fancy.fancy! C2 old-fashioned an ​expression of ​surprise: Fancy ​seeing you here! "They have eight ​children." "Fancy that (= how ​surprising)!"


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fancy adjective (DECORATIVE)

decorative or ​complicated: I ​wanted a ​simpleblackdress, nothing fancy. The ​decorations were a little too fancy for my ​tastes. fancy ​cakes

fancy adjective (EXPENSIVE)

informal expensive: We ​stayed in a fancy ​hotel near the Champs-Élysées. a fancy ​restaurant


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passing fancy something that you like very much for a ​shortperiod: But for me, ​parachuting was no ​passing fancy.take a fancy to sth/sb to ​startliking something or someone very much: Laura's taken a fancy to ​Japanesefood.take/tickle your fancy informal (US strike your fancy) If something ​takes/​ticklesyour fancy, you like it and ​want to have or do it: I ​looked in a lot of ​clothesshops but nothing really ​tickled my fancy. She has enough ​money to ​buy anything that ​strikes her fancy.

fancy noun (IMAGINATION)

[U] literary the ​imagination
(Definition of fancy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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fancyadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /ˈfæn·si/

fancy adjective [-er/-est only] (DECORATIVE)

decorative or ​complicated, or (of ​restaurants, ​stores, or ​hotels) ​expensive: I ​wanted a ​simpleblackdress, nothing fancy. a fancy ​hotel

fancynoun [U]

 us   /ˈfæn·si/
something that you like very much: What's ​your fancy?

fancyverb [T]

 us   /ˈfæn·si/

fancy verb [T] (IMAGINE)

to ​imagine or ​think that something is so: When she was ​young she fancied herself a ​rebel.

fancy verb [T] (LIKE)

to like or ​wish for: There are two things he fancies – ​fastcars and ​thunderousmusic.
(Definition of fancy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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