Synonyms of fancy in English:

fancy


See definition of fancy

verb

1‘I fancied a change of scene’

SYNONYMS

wish for, want, desire

long for, yearn for, crave, have a craving for, have a yearning for, hanker after, hunger for, thirst for, sigh for, pine for, dream of, covet

have a yen for, itch for

archaic be desirous of

rare desiderate

2‘she'd fancied him for ages’

SYNONYMS

be attracted to, find attractive, be captivated by, be infatuated with, be taken with, desire

lust after, burn for

informal have taken a shine to, have a crush on, have the hots for, be crazy about, be mad about, be wild about, have a thing about, have a pash on, have a soft spot for, be soft on, have eyes for, carry a torch for, go for, lech after, lech over

3‘I fancied that I could see lights to the south’

SYNONYMS

think, imagine, guess, believe, have an idea, suppose

gather, surmise, suspect, conjecture, be of the opinion, be of the view, be under the impression, think it conceivable, think it likely

informal reckon


adjective

1‘he is too hard up to buy fancy clothes’

SYNONYMS

elaborate, ornate, ornamented, ornamental, decorated, decorative, adorned, embellished, intricate, baroque, rococo, fussy, busy

ostentatious, showy, flamboyant, gaudy

luxurious, sumptuous, lavish, extravagant, expensive, deluxe, select, superior, high-class, quality, prime

informal flash, flashy, fancy-pants, jazzy, ritzy, glitzy, snazzy, posh, classy, over the top, OTT

British informal swish

ANTONYMS

plain, unobtrusive


noun

1‘he was able to indulge his fancy to own a farm’

SYNONYMS

desire, urge, wish, want

inclination, bent

whim, impulse, caprice, notion, whimsy, eccentricity, peculiarity, quirk, kink

preference, fondness, liking, partiality, predilection, predisposition, taste, relish, love, humour, penchant

yearning, longing, hankering, craving, pining, ache, hunger, thirst, need

informal yen, itch

2‘they appeal to our wildest fancy rather than our judgement’

SYNONYMS

imagination, imaginative faculty, imaginative power, creativity, creative faculty, creative power, conception, fancifulness, inventiveness, invention, originality, ingenuity, cleverness, wit, artistry

images, mental images, visualizations

ANTONYMS

intellect

3‘they had a vague fancy that it was cruel to leave the dolls in the dark’

SYNONYMS

idea, notion, thought, supposition, opinion, belief, impression, image, understanding, conceptualization

feeling, suspicion, sneaking suspicion, hunch, inkling, intimation

illusion, fantasy, dream


Phrases

    fancy oneself

      ‘a couple of lads who fancy themselves’

      SYNONYMS

      have a high opinion of oneself, be confident of one's abilities

      informal

      think one is the cat's pyjamas, think one is the cat's whiskers, think one is God's gift, think one is God's gift to women

      British informal

      reckon oneself

      ANTONYMS

      be modest

    take a fancy to

      ‘Joe met this lovely young girl who took a fancy to him’

      SYNONYMS

      fancy, be attracted to, find attractive, be captivated by, be infatuated with, be taken with, desire

      lust after, burn for

      informal

      have taken a shine to, have a crush on, have the hots for, be crazy about, be mad about, be wild about, have a thing about, have a pash on, have a soft spot for, be soft on, have eyes for, carry a torch for, go for, lech after, lech over