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.
  2. An image or representation of anything formed in the mind; conception; thought; idea; conceit.
  3. An opinion or notion formed without much reflection; caprice; whim; impression.
  4. Inclination; liking, formed by caprice rather than reason; as, to strike one's fancy; hence, the object of inclination or liking.
  5. That which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value.
  6. A sort of love song or light impromptu ballad.

v. i.

  1. To figure to one's self; to believe or imagine something without proof.
  2. To love.

v. t.

  1. To form a conception of; to portray in the mind; to imagine.
  2. To have a fancy for; to like; to be pleased with, particularly on account of external appearance or manners.
  3. To believe without sufficient evidence; to imagine (something which is unreal).


  1. Adapted to please the fancy or taste; ornamental; as, fancy goods.
  2. Extravagant; above real value.