1. characterized by or showing fancy; capricious or whimsical in appearance: a fanciful design of butterflies and flowers.
  2. suggested by fancy; imaginary; unreal: fanciful lands of romance.
  3. led by fancy rather than by reason and experience; whimsical: a fanciful mind.


  1. not based on fact; dubious or imaginaryfanciful notions
  2. made or designed in a curious, intricate, or imaginative way
  3. indulging in or influenced by fancy; whimsical

1620s, from fancy (n.) + -ful. Related: Fancifully.

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