from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who has a special enthusiasm for or interest in something: a fancier of antiques.
  • n. One who breeds a plant or an animal for those features held to be desirable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. comparative form of fancy: more fancy
  • n. One who fancies a person with a special interest, attraction or liking for something. An aficionado.
  • n. A person who breeds or grows a particular animal or plant for points of excellence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who is governed by fancy.
  • n. One who fancies or has a special liking for, or interest in, a particular object or class or objects; hence, one who breeds and keeps for sale birds and animals

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who fancies or has a special taste or aptitude: used of one who deals in objects of fanciful taste: as, a bird-fancier; a tulip-fancier.
  • n. One who is under the influence of his fancy: as, “not reasoners, but fanciers,” Macaulay.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person having a strong liking for something


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • It allows Wood to make the same kind of criticism that has always been made of Updike, but to dress it up in fancier crittalk ( "free indirect style"): Updike is too besotted with language.

    Updike, John

  • The tadpole fancier is expert at the art of low politics.

    Racist Slur At Boris

  • And coupled with Chabon's obvious joy with the English language, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a word fancier's delight.

    The Yiddish Policemen's Union

  • She doesn't necessarily think it's a problem that these events are getting "fancier" - which is a weird way to put it - and she's not sure if the law needs to be changed; really, it comes down to who is doing the invitation, and why.

  • And if you want to dine with them, albeit in fancier digs, they’ll also be speaking at a fund-raising dinner to benefit Arts & Lectures at the Palace Ballroom Monday night.

    Jane and Michael Stern Coming to Town

  • Looking at last year’s pictures, I see that most guys were wearing button-down shirts and slacks, with a few (like Chad) in fancier duds.

    Waldo Jaquith - Blog Summit attendees.

  • Another large class of birds that make fine pets although they are not strictly in the class of birds bred by the fancier are the ornamental land and water fowl.

    Outdoor Sports and Games

  • I make a lot of "fancier" things all the time, but my 1 go-to cheap, delicious recipe is my mom's meatloaf.

    Ina Garten aka Barefoot Contessa

  • James I., as became a 'Solomon,' was the master of many books; but not being a 'fancier' he gave them shabby coverings and scribbled idle notes on their margins.

    The Great Book-Collectors

  • Francis Rotch, Esq., of Morris, Otsego county, New York, who is probably the most accomplished rabbit "fancier" in the United States, for information, with which he has kindly furnished us.

    Rural Architecture Being a Complete Description of Farm Houses, Cottages, and Out Buildings


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