Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Decorative needlework, such as embroidery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Ornamental work with a needle or hook, as embroidery, crocheting, netting, etc.

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  • noun Decorative embroidery

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

  • noun decorative needlework

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Examples

  • Her brother said not to miss inspecting the stock, her niece said the fancywork was the only thing worth looking at and her nephews said she must bring them home an account of the races.

    Hillsboro People

  • After a lengthy political standoff, Wisconsin state Senate Republicans used a bit of legislative fancywork to pass a bill this evening that effectively strips public-sector unions of the right to collectively bargain.

    The political dangers of what happened in Wisconsin

  • But when she left her fancywork to fetch a length of cloth, I went to work cutting it into long strips.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • But when she left her fancywork to fetch a length of cloth, I went to work cutting it into long strips.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • But when she left her fancywork to fetch a length of cloth, I went to work cutting it into long strips.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • But when she left her fancywork to fetch a length of cloth, I went to work cutting it into long strips.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • They provided adults and children with sports and educational activities, like “instruction in sewing and fancywork like basketry,” on a daily basis and within walking distance of home and work.

    Summer Camping in the United States.

  •  Silent Murf was largely toothless, and the gaze from his eyes diverged in opposing directions; his skinny arms were a fancywork of jailhouse tattoos and what appeared to be scabbed-over claw marks.

    Hearts in Exurbia

  • Natasha, and about albums and fancywork with Sonya.

    War and Peace

  • And sitting over her fancywork, into which, being what Richard called “safe as the grave,” she sewed more thoughts than most women: sitting thus, she would say to herself with a half smile and an incredulous shake of the head: “SO silly!”

    Australia Felix

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