adjective, fair·er, fair·est.
- (of the sky) bright; sunny; cloudless to half-cloudy.
- (of the weather) fine; with no prospect of rain, snow, or hail; not stormy.
adverb, fair·er, fair·est.
- a woman.
- a beloved woman.
verb (used with object)
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of fair1
Synonyms for fair
Origin of fair2
Examples from the Web for fair
Contemporary Examples of fair
Even internally in the House, women are not getting their fair shake.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
Perhaps it always seems that way at the time, but surely we face our fair share right now.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion
January 4, 2015
To be fair, no artist had ever been asked to, or could have pulled it off if they had.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year
December 31, 2014
A fair number explicitly ask for an antibiotic, to cover the possibility that it is “bronchitis” or a “sinus infection.”Without Education, Antibiotic Resistance Will Be Our Greatest Health Crisis
December 19, 2014
The early Church has more than its fair share of powerful women.First Anglican Woman Bishop A Return to Christian Roots
December 18, 2014
Historical Examples of fair
But of course it will be only fair to sis to lay the matter before her just as it is.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
And what are your intentions with regard to this fair captive?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
“Fair and softly,” said the printer with something of a smile.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Prehistoric man, as I just told you, was on a fair way to progress.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
By half-past nine on the morning of the 18th we had made a fair start.Explorations in Australia
- equal shares or treatment
- an expression of appeal for equal shares or treatment
Word Origin for fair
Word Origin for fair
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).
In addition to the idioms beginning with fair
- fair and square
- fair enough
- fair game
- fair play
- fair sex
- fair shake, a
- fair to middling
- fairy godmother
- all's fair in love and war
- play fair
- turnabout is fair play