Definition of Fairy

1. Noun. A small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers.

2. Noun. Offensive term for an openly homosexual man.
Exact synonyms: Fag, Faggot, Fagot, Nance, Pansy, Poof, Poove, Pouf, Queen, Queer
Language type: Depreciation, Derogation, Disparagement
Generic synonyms: Gay Man, Shirtlifter

Definition of Fairy

1. n. Enchantment; illusion.

2. a. Of or pertaining to fairies.

Definition of Fairy

1. Noun. (obsolete) the realm of faerie; enchantment, illusion. ¹

2. Noun. A mythical being who had magical powers, known in many sizes and descriptions, although often depicted in modern illustrations only as small and spritely with gauze-like wings; A sprite. ¹

3. Noun. (Northern England US derogatory colloquial) a male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate. ¹

4. Noun. (context: paganism) A nature spirit revered in modern paganism. ¹

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Definition of Fairy

1. an imaginary supernatural being [n FAIRIES]

Medical Definition of Fairy

1. 1. Enchantment; illusion. "The God of her has made an end, And fro this worlde's fairy Hath taken her into company." (Gower) 2. The country of the fays; land of illusions. "He [Arthur] is a king y-crowned in Fairy." (Lydgate) 3. An imaginary supernatural being or spirit, supposed to assume a human form (usually diminutive), either male or female, and to meddle for good or evil in the affairs of mankind; a fay. See Elf, and Demon. "The fourth kind of spirit [is] called the Fairy." (K. James) "And now about the caldron sing, Like elves and fairies in a ring." (Shak) 5. An enchantress. Fairy of the mine, an imaginary being supposed to inhabit mines, etc. German folklore tells of two species; one fierce and malevolent, the other gentle, See Kobold. "No goblin or swart fairy of the mine Hath hurtful power over true virginity." (Milton) Origin: OE. Fairie, faierie, enchantment, fairy folk, fairy, OF. Faerie enchantment, F. Feer, fr. LL. Fata one of the goddesses of fate. See Fate, and cf. Fay a fairy Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fairy

fairness commission
fairweather friend
fairweather friends
fairy-ring mushroom
fairy armadillo
fairy bell
fairy bluebird
fairy bread
fairy cake
fairy chess
fairy circle
fairy cup
fairy dust

Literary usage of Fairy

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1833)
"And soon they reached the fairy Well, The mountain's eye, clear, cold, and gray, Wide open in the dreary fell ; How long they stood 'twere vain to tell, ..."

2. Education by Project Innovation (Organization) (1897)
"Myths and fairy tales are not true stories, although certain moral truths ... In the very beginning in presenting a myth or fairy story you as much as say, ..."

3. Traces of the Elder Faiths of Ireland: A Folklore Sketch; a Handbook of by William Gregory Wood-Martin (1902)
"CHAPTER I. fairy LORE. The Present the outcome of the Past—In the savage mind no ... Sacrifices made to them—fairy Cavalcades—fairy Hunting Parties— fairy ..."

4. A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (1885)
"XXXVI fairy BREAD COME up here, O dusty feet! Here is fairy bread to eat. Here in my retiring room, Children, you may dine On the golden smell of broom And ..."

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