One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Maria is a fanciful girl’
whimsical, impractical, capricious, flighty, dreamy, daydreaming, quixotic, chimerical, head in the clouds, out of touch with reality, in a world of one's own
2‘some of these stories were pretty fanciful’
fantastic, extravagant, far-fetched, romantic, unbelievable, ridiculous, absurd, preposterous
imaginary, fancied, unreal, illusory, made-up, make-believe
mythical, fabulous, legendary, fairy tale
informal far out, tall, crackpot, cock and bull, hard to swallow, hard to take
3‘the fanciful cornices and turrets of an imperial palace’
ornate, exotic, imaginative, creative, fancy
curious, odd, bizarre, strange, eccentric, unusual, original
extravagant, fantastic, grotesque, gothic, baroque
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