fairy

[fair-ee]

noun, plural fair·ies.

(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 male homosexual.

adjective

of or relating to fairies: fairy magic.
of the nature of a fairy; fairylike.

Nearby words

  1. fairview,
  2. fairview heights,
  3. fairview park,
  4. fairway,
  5. fairweather,
  6. fairy bluebird,
  7. fairy cycle,
  8. fairy glove,
  9. fairy godfather,
  10. fairy godmother

Origin of fairy

1250–1300; Middle English faierie < Old French: enchantment, fairyland. See fay1, -ery

SYNONYMS FOR fairy
1. pixy, leprechaun. Fairy, brownie, elf, sprite are terms for imaginary beings usually less than human size, thought to be helpful or harmful to people. Fairy is the most general name for such beings: a good fairy as a godmother; misadventures caused by an evil fairy. A brownie 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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British Dictionary definitions for fairy

fairy

noun plural fairies

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

adjective (prenominal)

of or relating to a fairy or fairies
resembling a fairy or fairies, esp in being enchanted or delicate
Derived Formsfairy-like, adjective

Word Origin for fairy

C14: from Old French faerie fairyland, from feie fairy, from Latin Fāta the Fates; see fate, fay 1

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Word Origin and History for fairy

fairy

n.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with fairy

fairy

In addition to the idiom beginning with fairy

  • fairy godmother

also see:

  • tooth fairy
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