fancy Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “fancy” in the English Dictionary

"fancy" in British English

See all translations

fancyverb

uk   us   /ˈfæn.si/

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?
More examples

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)!"

fancyadjective

uk   us   /ˈfæn.si/

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

fancynoun

uk   us   /ˈfæn.si/

fancy noun (THING/PERSON YOU LIKE)

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
See
(Definition of fancy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fancy" in American English

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of fancy?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

chestnut

a large tree with leaves divided into five parts and large round nuts that can be eaten

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More