French translation of 'fancy'
1. (= feel like, want) avoir envie de
I fancy an ice cream. J’ai envie d’une glace.
to fancy doing sth avoir envie de faire qch
2. (= imagine)
I fancied I could hear a baby screaming. J’ai cru entendre un bébé pleurer.
He fancied that he saw a shadow pass close to the window. Il crut voir une ombre passer près de la fenêtre.
fancy seeing you here! vous ici !
to fancy o.s. ne plus se sentir (informal)
Fancies himself, doesn’t he? Il ne se sent plus, lui !
to fancy o.s. as sth se prendre pour qch
4. (informal) (= be attracted to)
He fancies her. Elle lui plaît.
1. (= elaborate) [jewellery, clothes, hat] (gen) sophistiqué(e)
2. (= high-quality, expensive) [school, hotel, food, car] (gen) de luxe ⧫ chic f inv huppé(e)
1. (= fantasy) fantaisie f ⧫ imagination f
Is it fact or fancy? Est-ce réel ou imaginaire ?
He paints whatever his fancy suggests. Il peint tout ce qui lui vient à l’esprit.
2. (= vague idea) idée f
to have a fancy (that) ... avoir l’idée que ...
3. (= whim)
a passing fancy un caprice
a childhood fancy un rêve d’enfance
4. (= liking)
to take a fancy to [person] se prendre d’affection pour
to take sb’s fancy, to catch sb’s fancy plaire à qn
It took my fancy. Ça m’a plu.
when the fancy takes him quand ça lui prend
to tickle sb’s fancy plaire à qn
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Example Sentences Including 'fancy'
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For me it was just a passing fancy.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
It also gives promo deals and has a search option if you fancy something random.The Sun (2012)
It is really just a large provincial city with fancy shops and restaurants.The Sun (2016)
Just another fancy candle range, or a joke on modern society?Times, Sunday Times (2016)
No fancy, expensive or fashionable stuff.The Sun (2016)
Not sure whether you really fancy that bloke who works in accounts?Times, Sunday Times (2007)
See what takes your fancy, and let your fancy run free.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
She says she fancies me and wants to make a go of things.The Sun (2012)
Waitrose's fancy party centrepiece is easy to slice and yummy.The Sun (2012)
We all live with fake and fancy things.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
With both, makers joyfully indulged wit, whim and fancy.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
You almost can imagine that you are eating in a fancy restaurant in Russia.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
Forget my fancy's last run at Newbury as he burst a blood vessel.The Sun (2016)
Nobody fancied taking the stuff the next week.Notorious: The Maddest and Baddest Sportsmen on the Planet (2006)
Not a lot of people fancied us.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
Patience might just prove the very last fancy foreign concept English football imports.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
The nipper is given most of the jobs that no one fancies.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
This should be a good race to watch and lots will be fancying their chances.The Sun (2017)
He says no one fancied him at school.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The couple also fancy opening something together in the future.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Eat what you want, eat what you fancy and stop when you're full.The Sun (2016)
Fancy graphics and faster processing are almost a given.The Sun (2013)
In fact I have fancied her since the day we met.The Sun (2017)
My husband no longer fancies you.The Sun (2013)
No one will fancy playing against him.The Sun (2006)
Or fancy dress outfits worn on hen dos.The Sun (2011)
She fancies the idea of photography.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Some offer fancy dress pub crawls with outrageous themes.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
That means we often fancy the same blokes.The Sun (2009)
They began as a hefty team that fancied their chances.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Which sounded to me like a fancy way of saying he was a thief.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
There is always something at that marsh but I had a special fancy for an early cuckoo.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
People tend to confuse imagination with fancy or the imaginary.Christianity Today (2000)
We were heading to dinner with a friend who wanted to show off his favorite fancy restaurant.Advanced Educational Psychology For Educators, Researchers and Policymakers, (1995)
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'fancy' in Other Languages
British English: fancy /ˈfænsɪ/ VERB
If you fancy something, you want to have it or do it.
Do you fancy going to see a film sometime?
- American English: fancy
- Arabic: يَرْغَبُ في
- Brazilian Portuguese: gostar de
- Chinese: 想象
- Croatian: željeti
- Czech: mít chuť
- Danish: kunne tænke sig
- Dutch: zin hebben in
- European Spanish: tener ganas de
- Finnish: tykätä
- French: être attiré par
- German: jemanden attraktiv finden
- Greek: συμπαθώ
- Italian: piacere
- Japanese: ･･･が気に入る
- Korean: 공상하다
- Norwegian: forestille (seg)
- Polish: mieć ochotę na
- European Portuguese: fantasiar
- Romanian: a-și imagina
- Russian: желать
- Spanish: apetecer
- Swedish: tycka om
- Thai: ปรารถนา
- Turkish: hoşlanmak
- Ukrainian: хотіти
- Vietnamese: thích
British English: fancy /ˈfænsɪ/ ADJECTIVE
Something that is fancy is special and not ordinary.
We were all wearing fancy clothes.
- American English: fancy
- Arabic: مُزَيَّن
- Brazilian Portuguese: pomposo
- Chinese: 奇特的
- Croatian: pomodan
- Czech: exkluzivní
- Danish: smart
- Dutch: chic
- European Spanish: elaborado
- Finnish: erikoinen
- French: sophistiqué
- German: ausgefallen
- Greek: ασυνήθιστος
- Italian: stravagante
- Japanese: 特別な
- Korean: 화려한
- Norwegian: fancy
- Polish: wymyślny
- European Portuguese: chique
- Romanian: șic
- Russian: причудливый
- Spanish: extravagante
- Swedish: fin
- Thai: แฟนซี
- Turkish: fantezi
- Ukrainian: фантастичний
- Vietnamese: đặc biệt
British English: fancy ADJECTIVE
If you describe something as fancy, you mean that it is special, unusual, or elaborate, for example because it has a lot of decoration.
It was packaged in a fancy plastic case with attractive graphics.
Translation of fancy from the Collins English to French Dictionary