from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. (noun) One who deals in fancies or tricks of imagination.


  • There is a man haunts the forest, that abuses our young with carving Rosalind on their barks; hangs odes upon hawthorns and elegies on brambles; all, forsooth, deifying the name Rosalind: if I could meet that fancymonger, I would give him some counsel. for he seems to have the of quotidian of love upon him.

    William Shakespeare, As You Like It

  • I am all on fire with idealism, and yet I am no fancymonger.

    Bertha von Suttner, Memoirs of Bertha von Suttner: The Records of an Eventful Life

  • At the head of the Opposition stood Bakunin. This half or wholly crazy fancymonger - whom Marx and his associates used to charge with being a Panslavist spy of the Russian Government - did not think he should waste his time with a difficult criticism of State and Society.

    Contemporary Review


‘Fancymonger’ combines ‘fancy,’ a contraction of ‘fantasy,’ and ‘monger,’ which comes from the Latin ‘mangere,’ merchant, trader, broker.