Fan"cy, v. t. 1.
To form a conception of; to portray in the mind; to
He whom I fancy, but can ne'er
2. To have a fancy for; to like; to be
pleased with, particularly on account of external appearance or
manners. "We fancy not the cardinal." Shak.
3. To believe without sufficient evidence; to
imagine (something which is unreal).
He fancied he was welcome, because those
arounde him were his kinsmen. Thackeray.
Fan"cy, a. 1.
Adapted to please the fancy or taste; ornamental; as,
2. Extravagant; above real value.
This anxiety never degenerated into a monomania, like
that which led his [Frederick the Great's] father to pay fancy
prices for giants. Macaulay.
Fancy ball, a ball in which porsons appear
in fanciful dresses in imitation of the costumes of different persons
and nations. -- Fancy fair, a fair at
which articles of fancy and ornament are sold, generally for some
charitable purpose. -- Fancy goods,
fabrics of various colors, patterns, etc., as ribbons, silks,
laces, etc., in distinction from those of a simple or plain color or
make. -- Fancy line (Naut.), a line
rove through a block at the jaws of a gaff; -- used to haul it
down. -- Fancy roller (Carding
Machine), a clothed cylinder (usually having straight teeth)
in front of the doffer. -- Fancy stocks, a
species of stocks which afford great opportunity for stock gambling,
since they have no intrinsic value, and the fluctuations in their
prices are artificial. -- Fancy store, one
where articles of fancy and ornament are sold. -- Fancy
woods, the more rare and expensive furniture woods, as
mahogany, satinwood, rosewood, etc.
Fan"cy (?), n.; pl.
Fancies (#). [Contr. fr. fantasy, OF.
fantasie, fantaisie, F. fantaisie, L.
phantasia, fr. Gr. ???????? appearance,
imagination, the power of perception and presentation in the mind,
fr. ???????? to make visible, to place before one's
mind, fr. ??????? to show; akin to ????,
???, light, Skr. bhāto shine. Cf. Fantasy,
Fantasia, Epiphany, Phantom.] 1.
The faculty by which the mind forms an image or a representation
of anything perceived before; the power of combining and modifying
such objects into new pictures or images; the power of readily and
happily creating and recalling such objects for the purpose of
amusement, wit, or embellishment; imagination.
In the soul Milton.
Are many lesser faculties, that serve
Reason as chief. Among these fancy next
Her office holds.
2. An image or representation of anything
formed in the mind; conception; thought; idea; conceit.
How now, my lord ! why do you keep alone,
Of sorriest fancies your companoins making ?
3. An opinion or notion formed without much
reflection; caprice; whim; impression.
I have always had a fancy that learning might
be made a play and recreation to children.
4. Inclination; liking, formed by caprice
rather than reason; as, to strike one's fancy; hence, the
object of inclination or liking.
To fit your fancies to your father's
5. That which pleases or entertains the taste
or caprice without much use or value.
London pride is a pretty fancy for
6. A sort of love song or light impromptu
ballad. [Obs.] Shak.
The fancy, all of a class who exhibit and
cultivate any peculiar taste or fancy; hence, especially, sporting
characters taken collectively, or any specific class of them, as
jockeys, gamblers, prize fighters, etc.
At a great book sale in London, which had congregated
all the fancy. De Quincey.
Syn. -- Imagination; conceit; taste; humor; inclination;
whim; liking. See Imagination.
Fan"cy, v. i. [imp. & p.
p. Fancied (?), p. pr. & vb. n.
Fancying (?).] 1. To figure to one's
self; to believe or imagine something without proof.
If our search has reached no farther than simile and
metaphor, we rather fancy than know.
2. To love. [Obs.] Shak.