Penchant vs Fancy - What's the difference?
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Penchant is a related term of fancy.
As nouns the difference between penchant and fancy
is that penchant
is taste, liking, or inclination (for) while fancy
is the imagination.
As an adjective fancy is
As a verb fancy is
(formal) to appreciate without jealousy or greed.
taste, liking, or inclination (for)
- He has a penchant for fine wine.
* (all obsolete)
An image or representation of anything formed in the mind; conception; thought; idea.
- In the soul / Are many lesser faculties, that serve / Reason as chief. Among these fancy next / Her office holds.
An opinion or notion formed without much reflection; an impression.
* John Locke
- How now, my lord! why do you keep alone, / Of sorriest fancies your companions making?
- I have always had a fancy that learning might be made a play and recreation to children.
Love or amorous attachment.
- I had a fancy to learn to play the flute.
The object of inclination or liking.
- He took a fancy to her.
Any sport or hobby pursued by a group.
- to fit your fancies to your father's will
- Trainspotting is the fancy of a special lot.
The enthusiasts of such a pursuit.
- the cat fancy
* De Quincey
- He fell out of favor with the boxing fancy after the incident.
A diamond with a distinctive colour.
That which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value.
- a great book sale in London, which had congregated all the fancy
(obsolete) A sort of love song or light impromptu ballad.
- London pride is a pretty fancy for borders.
In the game of jacks, a style of play involving additional actions (contrasted with plainsies).
* 1970 , Marta Weigle, Follow my fancy: the book of jacks and jack games (page 22)
* 2002 , Elizabeth Dana Jaffe, ?Sherry L. Field, ?Linda D. Labbo, Jacks (page 26)
- When you have mastered plainsies, the regular jack game, and have learned all the rules, you will be ready to use this part of the book. A fancy is a variation of plainsies which usually requires more skill than plainsies does.
- When you get good at jacks, try adding a fancy . A fancy is an extra round at the end of a game. It makes the game a little harder. Jack Be Nimble, Around the World, or Black Widow are some fancies.
* flight of fancy
* tickle someone's fancy
Of a superior grade.
- This is a fancy shawl.
Executed with skill.
- This box contains bottles of the fancy grade of jelly.
(colloquial) Unnecessarily complicated.
- He initiated the game winning play with a fancy , deked saucer pass to the winger.
(obsolete) Extravagant; above real value.
- I'm not keen on him and his fancy ideas.
- This anxiety never degenerated into a monomania, like that which led his [Frederick the Great's] father to pay fancy prices for giants.
* (decorative) decorative, ornate
* (unnecessarily complicated) highfalutin
* (decorative) plain, simple
* (unnecessarily complicated) simple
(formal) To appreciate without jealousy or greed.
(British) would like
- I fancy your new car, but I like my old one just fine.
- I fancy a burger tonight for dinner
(British, informal) To be sexually attracted to.
- Do you fancy going to town this weekend?
(dated) To imagine, suppose.
- I fancy that girl over there.
- I fancy you'll want something to drink after your long journey.
- Fancy meeting you here!
* John Locke
- Fancy that! I saw Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy kissing in the garden.
- If our search has reached no farther than simile and metaphor, we rather fancy than know.
* 1895 , H. G. Wells, The Time Machine Chapter X
- He fancied he was welcome, because those around him were his kinsmen.
To form a conception of; to portray in the mind; to imagine.
- I fancied at first the stuff was paraffin wax, and smashed the jar accordingly. But the odor of camphor was unmistakable.
To have a fancy for; to like; to be pleased with, particularly on account of external appearance or manners.
- he whom I fancy , but can ne'er express
- We fancy not the cardinal.
* (be sexually attracted to) like (US)
* (would like to) feel like
* fancy that
* fancy man
* fancy oneself
* fancy woman