- 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 Are many lesser faculties, that serve Reason as chief. Among these fancy next Her office holds." [Milton.]
- 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 ?" [Shak.]
- 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." [Locke.]
- 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 will." [Shak.]
- That which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value."London pride is a pretty fancy for borders." [Mortimer.]
- A sort of love song or light impromptu ballad.(Obs)"At a great book sale in London, which had congregated all the fancy." [De Quincey.]synonyms: Imagination; conceit; taste; humor; inclination; whim; liking. See Imagination.
Etymology: 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