Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “fancy”

See all translations

fancy

verb [T]
 
 
/ˈfænsi/
WANT UK B1 to want to have or do something: Do you fancy a drink? [+ doing sth] We fancy going to the Caribbean for our holiday.Feelings of desire
PERSON UK informal to feel sexually attracted to someone: I fancied him the first time I saw him.Sexual attractionAttractive
fancy (that)! UK informal used to show that you are surprised or shocked by something: [+ doing sth] Fancy seeing you here! He's going out with Marie? Well fancy that!InterjectionsSounds used as interjectionsExpressions of surprise
THINK old-fashioned to think that something is true: [+ (that)] I fancy that he was smiling, but I can't be sure.Guessing, supposing and suspecting
(Definition of fancy verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “fancy” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cold snap

a short period of cold weather

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More