Word of the Day: fancy

 
 
image_header_600x300
Word Reference
space
 
Word of the Day
 
December 4, 2015
 
space
fancy (verb, adjective) sound LISTEN icon
 
 
 
Eating dinner at a fancy restaurant.
space
As an adjective, fancy means 'something that is expensive or sophisticated,' or 'something that is elaborately decorated.' As a verb, fancy is mainly used in British English and means 'to like or want something' or 'to imagine or picture something.' Another meaning that you find mostly in British English is 'to find someone attractive.' 
space
Example sentences
space
dot
He has enough money and likes to eat in fancy restaurants and stay in fancy hotels.
dot
We had a plate of fancy cheeses after the meal.
dot
Her wedding dress had fancy pink ribbons.
dot
Fancy traveling the world and getting paid for it!
dot
Do you fancy a cup of tea? I'm about to make one.
dot
I really fancy him; hopefully he will notice me.
 
space
Words often used with fancy
 
fancy that! (interjection): expresses surprise or disbelief
 
space
Multi-word forms
 
fancy dress: In the UK, this means 'a costume.' At British universities, students love to have fancy dress parties, though we would normally call these costume parties in the US.
space
Additional information
 
Fancy has other meanings as a noun and as an interjection. Check out the full definition for more information!
space
Did you know?
 
The verb meanings of 'to like or want' or 'to imagine or picture' exist in American English, but are rarely used. However, they are very common in British English. You will often hear British people saying things like "I really fancy some chocolate" or "Do you fancy going to the cinema tonight?" You also probably won't hear an American say they fancy another person, but British people say that to mean they find someone attractive "My friend fancies Brad Pitt, but I think Johnny Depp is better looking." In the US, we might use like to mean the same thing. Example: "Why do you keep on staring at José? Do you like him?"
 
space
Other forms
 
fanciness (noun), fancily (adverb)
space
Origin
 
Fancy dates from the second half of the 14th century and comes from the Middle English word fansy or fantsy, which was a shorter version of fantasie or fantasy.
 
See full definition
space
Learn more about fancy in our forums
space
In other languages:
 
Spanish | French | Italian | Portuguese | German | Swedish | Russian | Polish | Romanian | Czech | Greek | Turkish | Chinese | Japanese | Korean | Arabic
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
space
Word of the Day is released Monday through Friday.
Contact Us | Unsubscribe
space
Copyright © 2015 WordReference.com
Previous Post Next Post

You Might Also Like