- free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice: a fair decision; a fair judge.
- legitimately sought, pursued, done, given, etc.; proper under the rules: a fair fight.
- moderately large; ample: a fair income.
- neither excellent nor poor; moderately or tolerably good: fair health.
- marked by favoring conditions; likely; promising: in a fair way to succeed.
- (of the sky) bright; sunny; cloudless to half-cloudy.
- (of the weather) fine; with no prospect of rain, snow, or hail; not stormy.
- Nautical. (of a wind or tide) tending to aid the progress of a vessel.
- unobstructed; not blocked up: The way was fair for our advance.
- without irregularity or unevenness: a fair surface.
- free from blemish, imperfection, or anything that impairs the appearance, quality, or character: Her fair reputation was ruined by gossip.
- easy to read; clear: fair handwriting.
- of a light hue; not dark: fair skin.
- pleasing in appearance; attractive: a fair young maiden.
- seemingly good or sincere but not really so: The suitor beguiled his mistress with fair speeches.
- courteous; civil: fair words.
- Medicine/Medical. (of a patient's condition) having stable and normal vital signs and other favorable indicators, as appetite and mobility, but being in some discomfort and having the possibility of a worsening state.
- Dialect. scarcely; barely: It was just fair daylight when we started working.
- in a fair manner: He doesn't play fair.
- straight; directly, as in aiming or hitting: He threw the ball fair to the goal.
- favorably; auspiciously.
- British, Australian. entirely; completely; quite: It happened so quickly that it fair took my breath away.
- Archaic. something that is fair.
- a woman.
- a beloved woman.
- to make the connection or junction of (surfaces) smooth and even.
- to draw and adjust (the lines of a hull being designed) to produce regular surfaces of the correct form.
- to adjust the form of (a frame or templet) in accordance with a design, or cause it to conform to the general form of a hull.
- to restore (a bent plate or structural member) to its original form.
- to align (the frames of a vessel under construction) in proper position.
- to bring (rivet holes in connecting structural members) into perfect alignment.
- Obsolete. to make fair.
- fair off/up, South Midland and Southern U.S. (of the weather) to clear: It's supposed to fair off toward evening.
- bid fair, to seem likely: This entry bids fair to win first prize.
- fair and square,
- honestly; justly; straightforwardly: He won the race fair and square.
- honest; just; straightforward: He was admired for being fair and square in all his dealings.
- fair to middling, Informal. only tolerably good; so-so.
Origin of fair1
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Examples from the Web for fairest
We decided, as a family, that this was the fairest way forward.Churchill’s Secret Treasures for Sale: A British PM’s Life on the Auction Block
December 8, 2014
The queen rejoiced, went home, and asked the mirror: “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is the fairest of all?”
When she now stepped before the mirror, she said: “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is the fairest of all?”
And the mirror answered: “You, my queen, are now the fairest of all.”
Now the queen asked her mirror: “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is fairest of all?”
For we have made them the fairest offers, but they would not be persuaded.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
Paris and the fairest woman in the world were well across the sea.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
But the fairest, wi' hair like the mune in a clud, She sought till she was the last.
But the fairest she laid her comb by itsel' On the rock where the king's son lay.
I will not ask you, fairest of your sex, to give your confidence to unauthorised words.Imogen
- free from discrimination, dishonesty, etc; just; impartial
- in conformity with rules or standards; legitimatea fair fight
- (of the hair or complexion) light in colour
- beautiful or lovely to look at
- moderately or quite gooda fair piece of work
- unblemished; untainted
- (of the tide or wind) favourable to the passage of a vessel
- sunny, fine, or cloudless
- (prenominal) informal thorough; reala fair battle to get to the counter
- pleasant or courteous
- apparently good or valuable, but really falsefair words
- open or unobstructeda fair passage
- Australian (of handwriting) clear and legible
- a fair crack of the whip, Australian a fair shake of the dice or a fair go informal a fair opportunity; fair chance
- fair and square in a correct or just way
- fair do's
- equal shares or treatment
- an expression of appeal for equal shares or treatment
- fair enough! an expression of agreement
- fair go! Australian and NZ informal come off it!; I don't believe it!
- fair to middling about average
- in a fair way; correctlyact fair, now!
- absolutely or squarely; quitethe question caught him fair off his guard
- dialect really or veryfair tired
- (intr) dialect (of the weather) to become fine and mild
- archaic a person or thing that is beautiful or valuable, esp a woman
- a travelling entertainment with sideshows, rides, etc, esp one that visits places at the same time each year
- a gathering of producers of and dealers in a given class of products to facilitate businessa book fair
- an event including amusements and the sale of goods, esp for a charity; bazaar
- a regular assembly at a specific place for the sale of goods, esp livestock
Word Origin and History for fairest
Old English fæger "beautiful, lovely, pleasant," from Proto-Germanic *fagraz (cf. Old Saxon fagar, Old Norse fagr, Old High German fagar "beautiful," Gothic fagrs "fit"), perhaps from PIE *pek- "to make pretty" (cf. Lithuanian puošiu "I decorate").
The meaning in reference to weather (c.1200) preserves the original sense (opposed to foul). Sense of "light-complexioned" (1550s) reflects tastes in beauty; sense of "free from bias" (mid-14c.) evolved from another early meaning, "morally pure, unblemished" (late 12c.). The sporting senses (fair ball, fair catch etc.) began in 1856. Fair play is from 1590s; fair and square is from c.1600. Fair-haired in the figurative sense of "darling, favorite" is from 1909. First record of fair-weather friends is from 1736.
early 14c., from Anglo-French feyre (late 13c.), from Old French feire, from Vulgar Latin *feria "holiday, market fair," from Latin feriae "religious festivals, holidays," related to festus "solemn, festive, joyous" (see feast).