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Fairweather

[fair-weth-er]
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noun
  1. Mount, a mountain in SE Alaska. 15,292 feet (4660 meters).
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fair-weather

[fair-weth-er]
adjective
  1. used in or intended for fair weather only.
  2. weakening or failing in time of trouble: His fair-weather friends left him when he lost his money.
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Origin of fair-weather

First recorded in 1730–40
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Related Words for fairweather

treacherous, deceitful, dishonest, irresponsible, disloyal, unsafe, unreliable, false, capricious, crooked, devious, dubious, faithless, fickle, fink, fly-by-night, questionable, shady, sharp, shifty

Examples from the Web for fairweather

Historical Examples of fairweather

  • So, as I have said, Miss Fairweather received sixteen offers that day.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)

    William Delisle Hay

  • When Mrs. Fairweather had gone, Doris and Penelope looked at each other.

  • The Reverend Mr. Fairweather folded the note and put it into his pocket.

    Elsie Venner

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • "It is more spiritual, I think, than bodily," said the Reverend Mr. Fairweather.

    Elsie Venner

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • The Reverend Mr. Fairweather was getting careless about his sermons.

    Elsie Venner

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


British Dictionary definitions for fairweather

Fairweather

noun
  1. Mount Fairweather a mountain in W North America, on the border between Alaska and British Columbia. Height: 4663 m (15 300 ft)
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fair-weather

adjective
  1. suitable for use in fair weather only
  2. not reliable or present in situations of hardship or difficulty (esp in the phrase fair-weather friend)
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