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[fair-haird] /ˈfɛərˌhɛərd/
having light-colored hair.
fair-haired boy, Informal. a person, especially a young one, treated as a favorite or considered especially promising by a superior or the members of a group:
He's the fair-haired boy of the literary set.
Origin of fair-haired
First recorded in 1620-30; fair1 + hair + -ed3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for fair-haired boy
Historical Examples
  • Coming down the path towards them, they saw a fair-haired boy.

  • Here also may be seen to-day the exquisite “fair-haired boy.”


    Haldane Macfall
  • She sat by the couch of a fair-haired boy, who was that day mortally wounded.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • The widow looked eagerly from the dark-haired to the fair-haired boy.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • With that love of children that always characterized him, the old hero took upon his knee a fair-haired boy.

  • The beauty glanced at him, blushed, and returned the fair-haired boy's salutation with a slight bend of the head.

  • While there, a little rosy, fair-haired boy ran laughing by, as if trying to escape from some one.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
  • Whilst the list was being made out in the office, in came the fair-haired boy, with a ten-pound note in his very hand.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • And turning round he saw beside him the blue-eyed, fair-haired boy whose pleasant face had attracted his attention in the school.

    Bert Lloyd's Boyhood J. McDonald Oxley
  • It was Simon Kenton, a fair-haired boy of nineteen, with laughing blue eyes that fascinated every beholder.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye
British Dictionary definitions for fair-haired boy

fair-haired boy

the usual US name for blue-eyed boy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for fair-haired boy

fair-haired boy

noun phrase

  1. A favored or favorite man or boy: the latest ''fairhaired boy'' of the musical world/ the white-haired boy of the happy family
  2. A man destined for and being groomed for principal leadership or other reward; comer: A job had to be found for Patten, the blue-eyed boy of British politics ( first form 1918+, second 1924+, third 1923+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with fair-haired boy

fair-haired boy

A favorite, a person who is given special treatment. For example, Today the attorney general is the governor's fair-haired boy. This term alludes to the preference of blond (“fair”) hair over dark hair. [ Late 1800s ]
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