fairy

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
fair•y /ˈfɛri/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -ies. 
  1. Mythologyan imaginary being, generally thought of as having a tiny human form and possessing magical powers.
  2. Slang Terms(disparaging and offensive). a male homosexual.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
fair•y  (fârē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  fair•ies, adj. 
n. 
  1. Mythology(in folklore) one of a class of supernatural beings, generally conceived as having a diminutive human form and possessing magical powers with which they intervene in human affairs.
  2. Slang Terms(disparaging and offensive). a male homosexual.

adj. 
  1. of or pertaining to fairies:fairy magic.
  2. of the nature of a fairy;
    fairylike.
  3. Fine ArtSee  fairy green. 
  • Old French: enchantment, fairyland. See fay1, -ery
  • Middle English faierie 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged pixy, leprechaun.
      Fairy, brownie, elf, sprite are terms for imaginary beings usually less than human size, thought to be helpful or harmful to people.
      Fairy is the most general name for such beings:a good fairy as a godmother; misadventures caused by an evil fairy.A
      brownie is a good-natured tiny being who appears usually at night to do household tasks:Perhaps the brownies will come and mow the lawn tonight.Elf suggests a young, mischievous or roguish fairy:That child is a perfect little elf.Sprite suggests a fairy of pleasing appearance, older than an elf, to be admired for ease and lightness of movement;
      it may, however, be impish or even hostile:a dainty sprite.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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 a male homosexual
adj (prenominal)
  1. of or relating to a fairy or fairies
  2. resembling a fairy or fairies, esp in being enchanted or delicate
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French faerie fairyland, from feie fairy, from Latin Fāta the Fates; see fate, fay1

ˈfairy-ˌlike adj



'fairy' also found in these entries:
Synonyms: sprite, fay, more...
Collocations: [read, learn, watch] fairy tales, fairy tale [endings, characters, baddies], fairy tales at bedtime, more...

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