(in folklore) one of a class of supernatural beings, generally conceived as having a diminutive human form and possessing magical powers with which they intervene in human affairs.
Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a gay man.
of or relating to fairies: fairy magic.
of the nature of a fairy; fairylike.
A brownie, by contrast, is a good-natured tiny being who appears usually at night to do household tasks: Perhaps the brownies will come and mow the lawn tonight. Elf suggests a young, mischievous or roguish fairy: That child is a perfect little elf. Sprite suggests a fairy of pleasing appearance, older than an elf, to be admired for ease and lightness of movement; it may, however, be impish or even hostile: a dainty sprite.
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How to use fairy in a sentence
The fairy godmother is a magical stretch, but massive pumpkins are very real.
In our book, we introduce the “Switch Witch,” who comes at night to exchange excess candy for a small gift, kind of like the tooth fairy for Halloween.Feeling Scared About How Your Kids Can Enjoy Halloween This Year? Have No Fear – Healthy Snacks Are Here | LGBTQ-Editor | October 27, 2020 | No Straight News
To be fair, before Western mermaids were made all cute by fairy tales and Disney they were feared for leading sailors to certain doom.
For a long time now, such experiences have been considered not very reliable, certainly unscientific, and, if valid at all, deeply steeped in that pleasant state of mind known to us from fairy tales, novels, and poems.What the Meadow Teaches Us - Issue 90: Something Green | Andreas Weber | September 16, 2020 | Nautilus
Because in many ways that feels like the ultimate dream, it almost feels like a fairy tale, honestly.Tan France Goes Deep on Racism and When He Almost Quit ‘Queer Eye’ | Eugene Robinson | September 3, 2020 | Ozy
But when the darkness closes in, we actually run to fairy tales and fables.
Actually, rather like Gruber, we feel rather icky about fairy tales.
Not that the demonstration had anything to do with this couple, whom Sarah seems to see as a fairy tale come to life.
Were the fairy-tale true it really would shame the affluent west.
In reality, prison weddings look nothing like the fairy tales depicted on TV and in bridal magazines.
The tailor of the fairy tale with his "seven at a blow" is not in it with the gunnery Lieutenant of a battleship.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
The Elizabethan pipes were so small that now when they are dug up in Ireland the poor call them 'fairy pipes' from their tininess.
Spenser in his fairy Queen makes one of the characters include it with other herbs celebrated for medicinal qualities.
She had just come to forty-nine, and was wondering if she might remind the fairy father of his duty, when the door opened.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
Many years ago I collected together a large number of these 'fairy Pipes' from all parts of the kingdom.
British Dictionary definitions for fairy
an imaginary supernatural being, usually represented in diminutive human form and characterized as clever, playful, and having magical powers
slang a male homosexual
away with the fairies informal out of touch with reality
of or relating to a fairy or fairies
resembling a fairy or fairies, esp in being enchanted or delicate
- fairy-like, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with fairy
In addition to the idiom beginning with fairy
- fairy godmother
- tooth fairy
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