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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.]
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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
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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.
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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
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fairy

noun sprite, elf, brownie, hob, pixie, puck, imp, leprechaun, peri, Robin Goodfellow The fairy vanished from his sight.
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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
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fairy

[ˈfɛəri] n
(= magical creature) → fée f tooth fairy
(offensive) (= homosexual) → pédé m fairy godmother nbonne fée f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
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fairy

[ˈfɛərɪ] n
a.fata
fairy queen → regina delle fate
b. (offensive) (homosexual) → finocchio
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
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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
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Golding's Pan is to be found 'among the fayrye elves that dawnced round toogither' (XI, 171), just as Titania's fairies or elves (both terms are used) are called upon to perform a 'roundel' (II.
In effect, the lovers' clandestine marriage is re-performed ceremonially at this moment, and through their acceptance of the necessity of public display, Launfal and Tryamour are rewarded with re-concealment in a withdrawal from public sight: "Thus Launfal, wythouten fable, / That noble knyght of the Rounde Table, / Was take ynto Fayrye. / Seththe saw hym yn th[y]s lond no man" (1033-36).