[ fair ]
/ fɛər /
adjective, fair·er, fair·est.
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.
adverb, fair·er, fair·est.
in a fair manner: He doesn't play fair.
straight; directly, as in aiming or hitting: He threw the ball fair to the goal.
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
- 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.
bid fair, to seem likely: This entry bids fair to win first prize.
fair and square,
fair to middling, Informal. only tolerably good; so-so.
Origin of fair1
before 900; Middle English; Old English fæger; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German fagar, Old Norse fagr, Gothic fagrs
SYNONYMS FOR fair
1 Fair, impartial, disinterested, unprejudiced refer to lack of bias in opinions, judgments, etc. Fair implies the treating of all sides alike, justly and equitably: a fair compromise. Impartial, like fair, implies showing no more favor to one side than another, but suggests particularly a judicial consideration of a case: an impartial judge. Disinterested implies a fairness arising particularly from lack of desire to obtain a selfish advantage: The motives of her guardian were entirely disinterested. Unprejudiced means not influenced or swayed by bias, or by prejudice caused by irrelevant considerations: an unprejudiced decision.
4 passable, tolerable, average, middling.
8 open, clear, unencumbered.
10 clean, spotless, pure, untarnished, unsullied, unstained.
11 legible, distinct.
12 blond, pale.
13 pretty, comely, lovely.
15 polite, gracious.
Related formsfair·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fair and square (1 of 2)
/ (fɛə) /
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
(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
- 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
Derived Formsfairness, noun
Word Origin for fair
Old English fæger; related to Old Norse fagr, Old Saxon, Old High German fagar, Gothic fagrs suitable
British Dictionary definitions for fair and square (2 of 2)
/ (fɛə) /
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 for fair
C13: from Old French feire, from Late Latin fēria holiday, from Latin fēriae days of rest: related to festus festal
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Idioms and Phrases with fair and square (1 of 2)
fair and square
Just and honest, as in He won the race fair and square. This redundant expression—fair and square mean essentially the same thing—probably owes its long life to its rhyme. [Early 1600s]
Idioms and Phrases with fair and square (2 of 2)
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
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