( fancies plural & 3rd person present) ( fancying present participle) ( fancied past tense & past participle ) (WANTING, LIKING, OR THINKING)
1 verb If you fancy something, you want to have it or to do it.
INFORMAL What do you fancy doing, anyway?... V -ing
I just fancied a drink. V n
2 n-count A fancy is a liking or desire for someone or something, especially one that does not last long.
usu with supp
She did not suspect that his interest was just a passing fancy.
3 verb If you fancy someone, you feel attracted to them, especially in a sexual way.
INFORMAL I think he thinks I fancy him or something. V n
4 verb If you fancy yourself as a particular kind of person or fancy yourself doing a particular thing, you like the idea of being that kind of person or doing that thing.
So you fancy yourself as the boss someday?... V pron-refl as n
I didn't fancy myself wearing a kilt. V pron-refl -ing
5 verb If you say that someone fanciesthemselves as a particular kind of person, you mean that they think, often wrongly, that they have the good qualities which that kind of person has.
She fancies herself a bohemian... V pron-refl n
...a flighty young woman who really fancies herself. V pron-refl
6 verb If you say that you fancy a particular competitor or team in a competition, you think they will win.
You have to fancy Bath because they are the most consistent team in England... V n
I fancy England to win through. V n to-inf
7 exclam You say `fancy ' or `fancy that' when you want to express surprise or disapproval. , (feelings)
It was very tasteless. Fancy talking like that so soon after his death..., `Fancy that!' smiled Conti.
8 If you take a fancy to someone or something, you start liking them, usually for no understandable reason.
take a fancy to sb/sth phrase V inflects, PHR n/-ing
Sylvia took quite a fancy to him...
9 If something takes your fancy or tickles your fancy , you like it a lot when you see it or think of it.
take/tickle sb's fancy phrase V inflects
She makes most of her own clothes, copying any fashion which takes her fancy.