fairly

[ fair-lee ]
/ ˈfɛər li /

adverb


Nearby words

  1. fairhaven,
  2. fairily,
  3. fairing,
  4. fairish,
  5. fairlead,
  6. fairmont,
  7. fairness,
  8. fairness doctrine,
  9. fairview,
  10. fairview heights

Origin of fairly

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at fair1, -ly

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British Dictionary definitions for fairly

fairly

/ (ˈfɛəlɪ) /

adverb

(not used with a negative) moderately
as deserved; justly
(not used with a negative) positively; absolutelythe hall fairly rang with applause
archaic clearly
obsolete courteously
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Word Origin and History for fairly

fairly

adv.

c.1400, "handsomely," from fair (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "impartially" is from 1670s; "somewhat" is from 1805; meaning "totally" is earlier (1590s).

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