Meaning of FAIR in English


~ 1

■ adjective

1》 treating people equally.

↘just or appropriate in the circumstances.

2》 (of hair or complexion) light; blonde.

3》 considerable in size or amount.

↘moderately good.

↘ Austral./NZ informal complete.

4》 (of weather) fine and dry.

5》 archaic beautiful.

■ adverb

1》 in a ~ manner.

2》 dialect to a high degree.

■ noun archaic a beautiful woman.

■ verb dialect (of the weather) become fine.


~ and square

1》 with absolute accuracy.

2》 honestly and straightforwardly.

~ dinkum see dinkum .

~ dos Brit. informal a request for just treatment or an acceptance that it has been given.

~ game a person or thing that is considered a reasonable target for criticism or exploitation.

the ~ sex (also the ~er sex ) dated or humorous women.

~'s ~ informal a request for just treatment or an assertion that an arrangement is just.

for ~ US informal completely and finally.

in a ~ way to likely to.

it's a ~ cop Brit. informal an admission that the speaker has been caught doing wrong and deserves punishment.


~ish adjective

~ness noun


OE fæger 'pleasing, attractive', of Gmc origin.


~ 2

■ noun

1》 a gathering of stalls and amusements for public entertainment.

2》 a periodic gathering for the sale of goods.

↘an exhibition to promote particular products.

↘ N. Amer. an annual competitive exhibition of livestock, agricultural products, etc., held in a rural area.


ME: from OFr. feire , from late L. feria , singular of L. feriae 'holy days' (on which ~s were often held).


~ 3

■ verb [usu. as adjective ~ed ] streamline (a vehicle, boat, or aircraft) by adding ~ings.


OE in the senses 'beautify' and 'appear or become clean'.

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