adjective, fairer, fairest.
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:
marked by favoring conditions; likely; promising:
in a fair way to succeed.
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:
of a light hue; not dark:
pleasing in appearance; attractive:
a fair young maiden.
seemingly good or sincere but not really so:
The suitor beguiled his mistress with fair speeches.
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, fairer, fairest.
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.
verb (used with object)
to make the connection or junction of (surfaces) smooth and even.
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.
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.
free from discrimination, dishonesty, etc; just; impartial
in conformity with rules or standards; legitimate: a fair fight
(of the hair or complexion) light in colour
beautiful or lovely to look at
moderately or quite good: a fair piece of work
(of the tide or wind) favourable to the passage of a vessel
sunny, fine, or cloudless
(prenominal) (informal) thorough; real: a fair battle to get to the counter
pleasant or courteous
apparently good or valuable, but really false: fair words
open or unobstructed: a fair passage
(Austral) (of handwriting) clear and legible
(informal) a fair crack of the whip, (Austral) a fair shake of the dice, a fair go, a fair opportunity; fair chance
fair and square, in a correct or just way
fair enough!, an expression of agreement
(Austral & NZ, informal) fair go!, come off it!; I don’t believe it!
fair to middling, about average
in a fair way; correctly: act fair, now!
absolutely or squarely; quite: the question caught him fair off his guard
(dialect) really or very: fair tired
(intransitive) (dialect) (of the weather) to become fine and mild
(archaic) a person or thing that is beautiful or valuable, esp a woman
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 business: a 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
Old English fæger “beautiful, lovely, pleasant,” from Proto-Germanic *fagraz (cf. Old Saxon fagar, Old Norse fagr, Old High German fagar “beautiful,” Gothic fagrs “fit”), perhaps from PIE *pek- “to make pretty” (cf. Lithuanian puošiu “I decorate”).
The meaning in reference to weather (c.1200) preserves the original sense (opposed to foul). Sense of “light-complexioned” (1550s) reflects tastes in beauty; sense of “free from bias” (mid-14c.) evolved from another early meaning, “morally pure, unblemished” (late 12c.). The sporting senses (fair ball, fair catch etc.) began in 1856. Fair play is from 1590s; fair and square is from c.1600. Fair-haired in the figurative sense of “darling, favorite” is from 1909. First record of fair-weather friends is from 1736.
early 14c., from Anglo-French feyre (late 13c.), from Old French feire, from Vulgar Latin *feria “holiday, market fair,” from Latin feriae “religious festivals, holidays,” related to festus “solemn, festive, joyous” (see feast).
[fair] /fɛər/ adjective, fairer, fairest. 1. free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice: a fair decision; a fair judge. 2. legitimately sought, pursued, done, given, etc.; proper under the rules: a fair fight. 3. moderately large; ample: a fair income. 4. neither excellent nor poor; moderately or tolerably good: fair health. 5. marked by favoring conditions; […]
/ˈfɛəˌfeɪst/ adjective 1. (of brickwork) having a neat smooth unplastered surface
[fair-feeld] /ˈfɛərˌfild/ noun 1. a city in central California. 2. a town in SW Connecticut. 3. a town in central Ohio. 4. a city in central Alabama.
[fair-ground] /ˈfɛərˌgraʊnd/ noun 1. Often, fairgrounds. a place where , horse races, etc., are held; in the U.S. usually an area set aside by a city, county, or state for an annual and often containing exhibition buildings. /ˈfɛəˌɡraʊnd/ noun 1. an open space used for a fair or exhibition