Also found in: Idioms.


1. Suitable or used only during fair weather: fair-weather hiking gear.
2. Present and dependable only in good times: fair-weather friends.
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1. suitable for use in fair weather only
2. not reliable or present in situations of hardship or difficulty (esp in the phrase fair-weather friend)
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1. used in or intended for fair weather only.
2. weakening or failing in time of trouble: His fair-weather friends left him when he lost his job.


(ˈfɛərˌwɛð ər)

Mount, a mountain in SE Alaska. 15,292 ft. (4660 m).
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References in classic literature ?
We have our ponchos, and we are not fair-weather explorers.
I want no fair-weather birds holding down my office chairs or anything else.
It is a fair-weather model that works well only in times of prosperity.
It only works in fair-weather. But doesn't work in foul weather.
FAIR-WEATHER postmen have warned they will not be delivering the mail in bad weather after one of them slipped over in the rain.
Fair-weather fans were left fuming after his last visit two years ago when he stuck to obscure back catalogue stuff.
I have to say I'm a bit of a fair-weather diver - and I don't do it in Britain because it's too cold.'