fancy etymology

English word fancy comes from Ancient Greek (to 1453) φαντάζω, and later Old French (842-ca. 1400) fantasie (Fantasy (imagination; concept; idea).)

Detailed word origin of fancy

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
φαντάζω Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
φαντάζεσθαι Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
phantasia Latin (lat) Fancy, idea, notion; fantasy. Imagination. Phantom, apparition. Phase (of the moon).
phantasia Late Latin (LL)
fantasia Malayalam (mal)
fantasie Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Fantasy (imagination; concept; idea).
fantasy Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
fancy English (eng) (British) would like. (British, informal) To be sexually attracted to.. (dated) To imagine, suppose.. (formal) To appreciate without jealousy or greed.. To form a conception of; to portray in the mind; to imagine.. To have a fancy for; to like; to be pleased with, particularly on account of external appearance or manners. (colloquial) Unnecessarily complicated.. (obsolete) Extravagant; above [...]

Words with the same origin as fancy

Descendants of φαντάζω
fantasy phantom