1. Full of fancy; guided by fancy, rather than by reason and experience; whimsical; as, a fanciful man forms visionary projects.
2. Conceived in the fancy; not consistent with facts or reason; abounding in ideal qualities or figures; as, a fanciful scheme; a fanciful theory.
3. Curiously shaped or constructed; as, she wore a fanciful headdress.
Gather up all fancifullest shells. --Keats.
Syn: -- Imaginative; ideal; visionary; capricious; chimerical; whimsical; fantastical; wild.
Usage: -- Fanciful, Fantastical, Visionary. We speak of that as fanciful which is irregular in taste and judgment; we speak of it as fantastical when it becomes grotesque and extravagant as well as irregular; we speak of it as visionary when it is wholly unfounded in the nature of things. Fanciful notions are the product of a heated fancy, without any tems are made up of oddly assorted fancies, aften of the most whimsical kind; visionary expectations are those which can never be realized in fact.
-- Fan*ci*ful*ly, adv. -Fan*ci*ful*ness, n.
adj 1: indulging in or influenced by fancy; "a fanciful mind"; "all
the notional vagaries of childhood" [syn: notional]
2: not based on fact; dubious; "the falsehood about some
fanciful secret treaties"- F.D.Roosevelt; "a small child's
imaginary friends"; "her imagined fame"; "to create a
notional world for oneself" [syn: imaginary, imagined,
3: having a curiously intricate quality; "a fanciful pattern
with intertwined vines and flowers"