Fan"cy, a. 1. Adapted to please the fancy or taste, especially when of high quality or unusually appealing; ornamental; as, fancy goods; fancy clothes.
2. Extravagant; above real value.
This anxiety never degenerated into a monomania, like that which led his [Frederick the Great's] father to pay fancy prices for giants.Macaulay.
Fancy ball, a ball in which porsons appear in fanciful dresses in imitation of the costumes of different persons and nations. --
Fancy fair, a fair at which articles of fancy and ornament are sold, generally for some charitable purpose. --
Fancy goods, fabrics of various colors, patterns, etc., as ribbons, silks, laces, etc., in distinction from those of a simple or plain color or make. --
(Naut.), a line rove through a block at the jaws of a gaff; -- used to haul it down. --
(Carding Machine), a clothed cylinder (usually having straight teeth) in front of the doffer. --
Fancy stocks, a species of stocks which afford great opportunity for stock gambling, since they have no intrinsic value, and the fluctuations in their prices are artificial. --
Fancy store, one where articles of fancy and ornament are sold. --
Fancy woods, the more rare and expensive furniture woods, as mahogany, satinwood, rosewood, etc.
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