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From fancy (to have a fancy for, like; to imagine, suppose) +‎ -ed.[1]



fancied (not comparable)

  1. Existing only in the fancy (imagination); imaginary, imagined.
    The plant was named for its fancied resemblance to a Roman spear.
  2. Organized, or (especially of attire) designed, to suit one's fancy or whim.
    • 1688, Mat[thew] Prior, “On Exodus 3. 14. I Am that I Am. An Ode. []”, in Poems on Several Occasions, 2nd edition, London: [] Jacob Tonson [], published 1709, →OCLC, stanza VI, page 4:
      Man does vvith dangerous Curioſity / Theſe unfathom'd VVonders try: / VVith fancy'd Rules and Arbitrary Lavvs / Matter and Motion he reſtrains, / And ſtudy'd Lines and fictious Circles dravvs; []
  3. Having a fancy (inclination, liking, or love) for; desired, favourite.
    • 1640, T[homas] F[uller], “Faction Confuted”, in Ioseph’s Partie-colored Coat: Containing, a Comment on Part of the 11. Chapter of the 1. Epistle of S. Paul to the Corinthians: [], London: [] Iohn Dawson, for Iohn Williams, [], →OCLC; republished as William Nichols, editor, Joseph’s Party-coloured Coat: [], London: William Tegg, 1867, →OCLC, pages 184–185:
      Now St. Paul, "not willing to make" these ministers "a public example," concealeth their persons, yet discovereth the fault; and, making bold with his brethren, Apollos and Cephas, applieth to them and himself what the Corinthians spake of their fancied preachers. "Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I am of Apollos; and I am of Cephas; and I am of Christ."
    • 1873 January 23, Robert Browning, “Part IV”, in Red Cotton Night-Cap Country: Or Turf and Towers, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., [], →OCLC, page 245:
      I did not call him fool, and vex my friend, / But quietly allowed experiment, / Encouraged him to dust his drink, and now / Grate lignum vitæ now bruise so-called grains / Of Paradise, and now, for perfume, pour / Distilment rare, the rose of Jericho, / Holy-thorn, passion-flower, and what know I? / Till beverage obtained the fancied smack.
    • 2021 February 6, Graham Bean, “Scotland beat England at Twickenham for the first time in 38 years”, in The Scotsman[1], Edinburgh: The Scotsman Publications, JPIMedia Publishing, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 10 July 2022:
      The visitors were worthy winners, taking the game to the highly fancied hosts from the first minute.
  4. (obsolete) Designed in an artistic manner.




  1. simple past and past participle of fancy


  1. ^ fancied, adj.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2012.