Definition of unfancied in English:



  • (of a sports team or racehorse) not considered likely to win.

    ‘Scotland had lost to an unfancied Costa Rica side in the critical opening match’
    • ‘He told the News of the World that a controversial match during last year's World Cup in which unfancied Bangladesh beat Pakistan had been fixed.’
    • ‘Point being, there have always been upsets, shocks and hitherto unfancied teams over-achieving.’
    • ‘Again the opposition will be unfancied and German.’
    • ‘In 1988 I was fortunate enough to be at Wembley to watch unfancied Wimbledon's notable FA Cup Final victory against Liverpool.’
    • ‘Whilst Ipswich never got higher than 3rd their story was much the same - unfancied, no stars, smallish squad and a great team spirit.’
    • ‘Last season he took an unfancied Porto side to the very top of European football.’
    • ‘Superbowl XL offers a contrast in style and temperament between two teams which were comparatively unfancied at the start of the season and two cities that represent two very different slices of Americana.’
    • ‘The unfancied Lancashire side delivered a jolt to City's ambitions with a 3-1 win at Valley Parade.’
    • ‘So a champion might be sitting undiscovered among those unfancied horses, the great rags-to-riches story so loved in racing.’
    • ‘What about the failure of England to finish off the Grand Slam over the past couple of seasons when they were stopped on the final day by unfancied Welsh and Scottish teams?’
    • ‘But it is more instructive, perhaps, for him to go back a couple of seasons earlier, when David Gower brought an unfancied team to India and walked away victorious.’
    • ‘The Final had been billed as a battle between the artists of Brazil and the artisans of Germany, but it was the unfancied European underdogs who started the stronger.’
    • ‘The result leaves the unfancied Portuguese in pole position in the group after Germany and Romania battled each other to a 1-1 draw earlier in the day.’
    • ‘Any unfancied teams remaining in the competition by that stage have done well to get that far, and can expect to meet a sticky end rather soon.’
    • ‘And once again, unfancied Anaheim romped to victory, this time by 4-2.’
    • ‘Euro 1992 was a flop for Germany, and at USA '94 a team torn apart by internal strife were disastrously eliminated by unfancied Bulgaria.’
    • ‘Last week they dropped points to the unfancied Rwandans and this week they have a critical game with the resurgent Angolans.’
    • ‘We know only too well the unfancied team can prosper.’
    • ‘The unfancied north London club have spent the past few years worrying about where they are going to play after the end of this season thanks to their inability to develop their Underhill ground.’
    • ‘Yet he has form when it comes to keeping unfancied sides in the Premiership, pulling off this feat on the last day with Bradford City in 1999-2000.’