fancied

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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Adjective[edit]

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.

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Verb[edit]

fancied

  1. simple past and past participle of fancy

References[edit]

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

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