fanciful

  • 1 Fanciful — Fan ci*ful, a. 1. Full of fancy; guided by fancy, rather than by reason and experience; whimsical; as, a fanciful man forms visionary projects. [1913 Webster] 2. Conceived in the fancy; not consistent with facts or reason; abounding in ideal… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 fanciful — [fan′sə fəl] adj. 1. full of fancy; indulging in fancies; imaginative in a playful way; whimsical 2. created in the fancy; imaginary; not real [a fanciful tale] 3. showing fancy in construction or design; quaint; odd [fanciful costumes]… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 fanciful — index arbitrary, arbitrary and capricious, capricious, delusive, fictitious, ill founded, illusory, insubstantial …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 fanciful — 1620s, from FANCY (Cf. fancy) + FUL (Cf. ful). Related: Fancifully …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 fanciful — imaginary, visionary, fantastic, chimerical, quixotic Analogous words: *fictitious, fabulous, mythical, apocryphal, legendary: bizarre, grotesque, *fantastic: preposterous, absurd (see FOOLISH): *false, wrong Antonyms: realistic Contrasted words …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 fanciful — [adj] imaginary, romantic absurd, aerial, bizarre, blue sky*, capricious, castles in the air*, chimerical, curious, dreamlike, extravagant, fabulous, fairy tale, fancied, fantastic, fantastical, fictional, fictitious, fictive, flaky*, floating,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 fanciful — ► ADJECTIVE 1) over imaginative and unrealistic. 2) existing only in the imagination. 3) highly ornamental or imaginative in design. DERIVATIVES fancifully adverb fancifulness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 fanciful — [[t]fæ̱nsɪfʊl[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe an idea as fanciful, you disapprove of it because you think it comes from someone s imagination, and is therefore unrealistic or unlikely to be true. ...fanciful ideas about Martian… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 fanciful — adjective Date: circa 1627 1. marked by fancy or unrestrained imagination rather than by reason and experience < a fanciful person > 2. existing in fancy only < a fanciful notion > 3. marked by or as if by fancy or whim < gave their children… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 fanciful — fancifully, adv. fancifulness, n. /fan si feuhl/, adj. 1. characterized by or showing fancy; capricious or whimsical in appearance: a fanciful design of butterflies and flowers. 2. suggested by fancy; imaginary; unreal: fanciful lands of romance …

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  • 11 fanciful — fan|ci|ful [ˈfænsıfəl] adj 1.) imagined rather than based on facts often used to show disapproval ▪ a fanciful story ▪ The suggestion that there was a conspiracy is not entirely fanciful. 2.) full of unusual and very detailed shapes or… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 fanciful — adjective 1 imagined rather than based on facts: a fanciful story | The suggestion that there was a conspiracy is not entirely fanciful. 2 full of unusual and very detailed shapes or complicated designs: fanciful decorations fancifully adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 fanciful — adjective 1) a fanciful story Syn: fantastic, far fetched, unbelievable, extravagant; ridiculous, absurd, preposterous; imaginary, made up, make believe, mythical, fabulous; informal tall, hard to swallow Ant …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 fanciful — fan•ci•ful [[t]ˈfæn sɪ fəl[/t]] adj. 1) whimsical in appearance: fanciful designs in lace[/ex] 2) imaginary; unreal: fanciful lands of romance[/ex] 3) led by fancy rather than by reason and experience: a fanciful mind[/ex] • Etymology: 1620–30… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 fanciful — fan|ci|ful [ fænsıfl ] adjective 1. ) not serious or sensible: What a fanciful suggestion! 2. ) unusual and complicated rather than plain and practical: new fanciful styles of architecture ╾ fan|ci|ful|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 fanciful — UK [ˈfænsɪf(ə)l] / US adjective 1) not serious or sensible What a fanciful suggestion! 2) unusual and complicated rather than plain and practical new fanciful styles of architecture Derived word: fancifully adverb …

    English dictionary

  • 17 fanciful — /ˈfænsəfəl / (say fansuhfuhl) adjective 1. exhibiting fancy; quaint or odd in appearance: a fanciful design. 2. suggested by fancy; imaginary; unreal. 3. led by fancy rather than by reason and experience; whimsical: a fanciful mind. –fancifully,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 fanciful — adj. Fanciful is used with these nouns: ↑tale …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19 fanciful — [ˈfænsɪf(ə)l] adj not serious or sensible a fanciful suggestion[/ex] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 fanciful — adjective imaginative or fantastic; unreal or imagined …

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