Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

fancy

 - definition
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
adjective American English pronunciation: fancy /ˈfænsi/ 
Word Forms
Close
adjectivefancy
comparativefancier
superlativefanciest
  1. 1
    not plain or simple but with a lot of decorations or extra parts

    I wanted just a plain handbag, nothing fancy.

    The camera comes with a fancy leather case.

  2. 2
    complicated or difficult

    fancy computer graphics

    fancy basketball moves

  3. 3
    intended to seem impressive, important, or clever

    The candidate's fancy words lost more votes than they gained.

  4. 4
    expensive, popular, and fashionable

    We stayed at some fancy hotel in the center of London.

    children who are sent to fancy private schools

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog