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fair·y

 (fâr′ē)
n. pl. fair·ies
1. An imaginary being in human form, depicted as clever, mischievous, and possessing magical powers.
2. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a gay man.

[Middle English fairie, fairyland, enchanted being, from Old French faerie, from fae, fairy, from Vulgar Latin *Fāta, goddess of fate, from Latin fāta, the Fates, pl. of fātum, fate; see fate.]

fairy

(ˈfɛərɪ)
n, pl fairies
1. an imaginary supernatural being, usually represented in diminutive human form and characterized as clever, playful, and having magical powers
2. slang offensive a male homosexual
3. away with the fairies informal out of touch with reality
adj (prenominal)
4. of or relating to a fairy or fairies
5. resembling a fairy or fairies, esp in being enchanted or delicate
[C14: from Old French faerie fairyland, from feie fairy, from Latin Fāta the Fates; see fate, fay1]
ˈfairy-ˌlike adj

fair•y

(ˈfɛər i)

n., pl. fair•ies,
adj. n.
1. (in folklore) one of a class of supernatural beings, generally conceived as having a diminutive human form and possessing magical powers.
2. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual.)
adj.
3. of or pertaining to fairies: fairy magic.
4. of the nature of a fairy; fairylike: a fairy godmother.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French. See fay1, -ery]
fair′y•hood`, n.
usage: Definition 2 is a slur and should be avoided. It is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as insulting.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fairy - a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powersfairy - a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers
spiritual being, supernatural being - an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events
elf, gremlin, imp, pixie, pixy, hob, brownie - (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
fairy godmother - a female character in some fairy stories who has magical powers and can bring unexpected good fortune to the hero or heroine
gnome, dwarf - a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure
Morgan le Fay - (Arthurian legend) a wicked enchantress who was the half sister and enemy of King Arthur
Puck, Robin Goodfellow - a mischievous sprite of English folklore
Oberson - (Middle Ages) the king of the fairies and husband of Titania in medieval folklore
Titania - (Middle Ages) the queen of the fairies in medieval folklore
tooth fairy - a fairy that is said to leave money at night under a child's pillow to compensate for a baby tooth falling out
water spirit, water sprite, water nymph - a fairy that inhabits water
2.fairy - offensive term for an openly homosexual manfairy - offensive term for an openly homosexual man
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
gay man, shirtlifter - a homosexual man

fairy

noun sprite, elf, brownie, hob, pixie, puck, imp, leprechaun, peri, Robin Goodfellow The fairy vanished from his sight.
Translations
جِنِّي، جِنِّيَّـهجِنِّيَّة
фея
vílapohádková bytostteplouš
fealfbøsseeventyr-
feino
hinttikeijukainen
vilavíla
tündér
peri
álfur, huldukona
妖精
요정
fėjapasakastebuklų
fejapasaku-
zână
rozprávková bytosťvíla
vila
älvafe
นางฟ้า
tiên

fairy

[ˈfɛərɪ]
A. N
1. (= creature) → hada f
2. (= homosexual) → maricón m, marica m
B. CPD fairy cycle Nbicicleta f de niño
fairy footsteps NPLpasos mpl ligeros
fairy godmother Nhada f madrina
fairy lights NPLbombillas fpl de colorines
fairy queen Nreina f de las hadas
fairy story, fairy tale Ncuento m de hadas (fig) (= lie) → cuento m, patraña f

fairy

[ˈfɛəri] n
(= magical creature) → fée f tooth fairy
(offensive) (= homosexual) → pédé m fairy godmother nbonne fée f

fairy

n
Fee f; good fairygute Fee; he’s away with the fairies (inf)der hat einen Schaden (inf)
(pej inf: = homosexual) → Homo m (dated inf), → Schwule(r) m (inf)

fairy

:
fairy cycle
nKinderfahrrad nt
fairy footsteps
pl (iro inf)Stapfen nt
fairy godmother
n (lit, fig)gute Fee
fairyland
nMärchenland nt
fairy lights
plbunte Lichter pl
fairy-like
adjfeenhaft
fairy queen
nElfenkönigin f
fairy ring
nHexentanzplatz m; (of mushrooms)Hexenring m
fairy story, fairy tale
n (lit, fig)Märchen nt
fairy-tale
adj (fig) romance, endingmärchenhaft

fairy

[ˈfɛərɪ] n
a.fata
fairy queen → regina delle fate
b. (offensive) (homosexual) → finocchio

fairy

(ˈfeəri) plural ˈfairies noun
an imaginary creature in the form of a very small (often winged) human, with magical powers. Children often believe in fairies; (also adjective) fairy-land.
ˈfairy-story noun
1. an old, or children's, story of fairies, magic etc. a book of fairy-stories.
2. an untrue statement; a lie. I don't want to hear any fairy-stories!
ˈfairy-tale noun
a fairy-story. to tell fairy-tales; (also adjective) the fairy-tale appearance of the countryside.

fairy

جِنِّيَّة víla fe Fee νεράιδα hada keijukainen fée vila fata 妖精 요정 fee fe duszek fada фея älva นางฟ้า peri tiên 仙女
References in classic literature ?
Mother doesn't wish you to go this week, because your eyes are not well enough yet to bear the light of this fairy piece.
Some of the cottonwoods had already turned, and the yellow leaves and shining white bark made them look like the gold and silver trees in fairy tales.
She now issued forth, as would appear, to defend the entrance, looking, we must needs say, amazingly like the dragon which, in fairy tales, is wont to be the guardian over an enchanted beauty.
He was gentleness itself, and while I wagged my head at him he stood there more than ever a little fairy prince.
Or, to choose a wholly unsubstantial instance, purely addressed to the fancy, why, in reading the old fairy tales of Central Europe, does the tall pale man of the Hartz forests, whose changeless pallor unrestingly glides through the green of the groves --why is this phantom more terrible than all the whooping imps of the Blocksburg?
in tones which made the orchestral uproar sound like fairy music.
Always dressed in white, she seemed to move like a shadow through all sorts of places, without contracting spot or stain; and there was not a corner or nook, above or below, where those fairy footsteps had not glided, and that visionary golden head, with its deep blue eyes, fleeted along.
Away down on the level under the black mass of the Castle, the town lay, stretched along the river, its intricate cobweb of streets jeweled with twinkling lights; there were rows of lights on the bridges; these flung lances of light upon the water, in the black shadows of the arches; and away at the extremity of all this fairy spectacle blinked and glowed a massed multitude of gas-jets which seemed to cover acres of ground; it was as if all the diamonds in the world had been spread out there.
It's like having a fairy godmother who asks you your wish and then gives it to you
It is such a pretty charade, my dear, that I can easily guess what fairy brought it.
Reed's lace frills, and crimped her nightcap borders, fed our eager attention with passages of love and adventure taken from old fairy tales and other ballads; or (as at a later period I discovered) from the pages of Pamela, and Henry, Earl of Moreland.
Ah, certainly - I see now: you are the favoured possessor of the beneficent fairy,' I remarked, turning to my neighbour.