What is the US equivalent of "fancy"?

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22 Aug 2018, 4:59 pm

I mean as a verb, like in England a girl says that she "fancies" a guy, and I can't think of an equally concise US expression for the same thing.

Every American equivalent I can think of seems to have a sexual undertone of some sort, whereas it is my impression that an English girl can fancy a guy without necessarily having decided to have sex with him.

Maybe "like" or "like in that way"? As "like" by itself doesn't necessary mean the same thing as "fancy" although it could. Besides, "like in that way" is an entire phrase, plus although it's a common expression, it's by no means universal.

Am I just losing my memory?


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22 Aug 2018, 5:06 pm

"She fancies a guy."

Yeah, we use that term here too, but not often. Mostly, it's "She's interested in a guy".

Sometimes, it is more crudely put, like "She has the hots for a guy" or "She is warm for his form". Either of these statements exaggerate the interest she may have, and the crudeness of the statements may be embarassing to both the girl and the guy.


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22 Aug 2018, 5:22 pm

A concise word which has the same meaning is "dig."

I really "dig" this chick!

I really "dig" that woman with whom I conversed at the library.



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22 Aug 2018, 5:31 pm

"infatuated", "smitten", "crush", etc.


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22 Aug 2018, 5:32 pm

The 1960s just called, Kortie. They want their vocabulary back.


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22 Aug 2018, 5:34 pm

I've heard "fancy" used in the same manner in the southwest. I think that it was mainly by more educated people.



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22 Aug 2018, 5:35 pm

People still occasionally say "dig." And it is the exact, concise cognate of "fancy."



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22 Aug 2018, 7:04 pm

She wants you
She has the hots for you
She's making googly eyes at you 8O



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22 Aug 2018, 9:36 pm

I'm not sure we're fancy enough.


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22 Aug 2018, 9:52 pm

I say "into". As in, she's into him. It's like a short form of "interested".



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23 Aug 2018, 4:51 am

AspE wrote:
I say "into". As in, she's into him. It's like a short form of "interested".
This may be the best suggestion so far.


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23 Aug 2018, 7:07 pm

Can you dig it? :P



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24 Aug 2018, 7:25 pm

MaxE wrote:
AspE wrote:
I say "into". As in, she's into him. It's like a short form of "interested".
This may be the best suggestion so far.


Co-signed. Of the few words and phrases that came to mind, this was going to be my post.


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25 Aug 2018, 10:06 am

The only context I have seen the word "fancy" used here is in the title of a magazine-Cat Fancy!

My best guess is "like" or "love."



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25 Aug 2018, 10:25 am

Fnord wrote:
The 1960s just called, Kortie. They want their vocabulary back.


I am sorry, Kraftiekortie, but I got the biggest laugh at the comment above. :lol: