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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Fan"cy
  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 Are many lesser faculties, that serve Reason as chief. Among these fancy next Her office holds." [Milton.]
  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 ?" [Shak.]
  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." [Locke.]
  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 will." [Shak.]
  5. That which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value."London pride is a pretty fancy for borders." [Mortimer.]
  6. 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

verb Fan"cy
  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." [Locke.]
  2. To love.(Obs)
verb Fan"cy
  1. To form a conception of; to portray in the mind; to imagine."He whom I fancy, but can ne'er express." [Dryden.]
  2. To have a fancy for; to like; to be pleased with, particularly on account of external appearance or manners."We fancynot 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.]
adjective Fan"cy
  1. Adapted to please the fancy or taste, especially when of high quality or unusually appealing; ornamental; as, fancy goods; fancy clothes.
  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.]
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  1. Imagination or fantasy; held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than true imagination ("never had the wildest flights of fancy imagined such magnificence")
  2. Something many people believe that is false
  3. A predisposition to like something ("she had dismissed him quite brutally, relegating him to the status of a passing fancy, or less")
  4. Imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
  5. Have a fancy or particular liking or desire for
  6. Not plain; decorative or ornamented ("fancy handwriting" and "fancy clothes")

From Middle English, a contraction of fantasy, from Old French fantasie, from Medieval Latin fantasia, from Late Latin phantasia (“an idea, notion, fancy, phantasm”), from Ancient Greek φαντάζω (phantázō, “to render visible”); from the same root as φῶς (phôs, “light”); [presented by Liddle & Scott] as Ancient Greek *φα (*pha, “to shine”).

  1. The imagination.
  2. An image or representation of anything formed in the mind; conception; thought; idea.
  3. An opinion or notion formed without much reflection; an impression.
  4. A whim.
    I had a to learn to play the flute.
  5. Love or amorous attachment.
    He took a to her.
  6. The object of inclination or liking.
  7. Any sport or hobby pursued by a group.
    Trainspotting is the of a special lot.
    the cat
  8. The enthusiasts of such a pursuit.
    He fell out of favor with the boxing after the incident.
  9. A diamond with a distinctive colour.
  10. That which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value.
  11. (obsolete) A sort of love song or light impromptu ballad.
  12. In the game of jacks, a style of play involving additional actions (contrasted with plainsies).

fancy was also found in the following language(s): Norwegian Bokmål and Norwegian Nynorsk

Notable Persons Named Fancy

Fancy is an italo disco singing, songwriter, and record producer. He has been prominent since 1962. Fancy was given the name Manfred Alois Segieth on July 7th, 1947. Fancy is also known as Tess Teiges.



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Notable Persons With the Last Name Fancy

Who Is Fancy is a pop music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2015 to present. Who was given the name Jake Hagood on March 29th, 1991.


Fancy is an italo disco singing, songwriter, and record producer. He has been prominent since 1962. Fancy was given the name Manfred Alois Segieth on July 7th, 1947. Fancy is also known as Tess Teiges.


Richard Fancy is an actor. He was most active from 1984 to present. Richard was born on August 2nd, 1943 in Evanston, Illinois.


Arthur Fancy is a new york city police department and detective.


Brett Fancy is an actor. He has been prominent since 1985. Brett was born on January 4th, 1964 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK.


John Fancy was a the great escape (book), the great escape (film), and market garden. His military service ended in 1935. John was born on March 9th, 1913 in Lund, East Riding of Yorkshire. John is also known as The Mole. He died on September 16th, 2008.


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Popularity of Fancy as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Fancy U.S.
  White 80.97% 64.26%
  African American 7.85% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 8.46% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.81% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

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People with the last name Fancy are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Fancy

  • How Popular is the name Fancy? Fancy is the 16,474th most popular name of all time. As a last name Fancy was the 60,790th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Fancy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 491 babies born with the first name Fancy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Fancy to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Fancy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1952 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Fancy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Fancy is Sunday, March 14th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Fancy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Fancy was in 1991 with a total of 36 babies.
  • Random Fancy Factoid: According to the 1991 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Fancy is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1991.
  • Weird things about the name Fancy: Your name in reverse order is Ycnaf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Anyfc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Fancy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 331 people with the last name Fancy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Fancy? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Fancy as their last name since less than 1 person in 909k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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