/fɛə / (say fair)

1. free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice: a fair decision; a fair judge.
2. that is legitimately sought, pursued, done, given, etc.; proper under the rules: a fair game; a fair stroke; a fair fight.
3. moderately good, large, or satisfactory; not undesirable, but not excellent: a fair income; a fair education; a fair reputation.
4. marked by favouring conditions; likely; promising: in a fair way to succeed.
5. Meteorology
a. (of the sky) bright; sunny; cloudless to half-cloudy.
b. (of the weather) fine; with no aspect of rain, snow, or hail; not stormy.
6. unobstructed; not blocked up: a fair passage.
7. without irregularity or unevenness: a fair surface.
8. free from blemish, imperfection, or anything that impairs the appearance, quality, or character: a fair copy.
9. clear; easy to read: fair handwriting.
10. of a light hue; not dark: fair skin.
11. beautiful; pleasing in appearance; attractive.
12. seemingly good or sincere but not so: fair promises.
13. courteous; civil: fair words.
14. in a fair manner: he doesn't play fair.
15. straight; directly, as in aiming or hitting.
16. favourably; auspiciously: to bid fair; speak fair.
17. Colloquial completely: I was fair flabbergasted; it fair took my breath away.
noun Obsolete
18. that which is fair.
19. a woman.
20. a beloved woman; sweetheart.
verb (t)
21. Shipbuilding to adjust or test the lines of curve of a hull, design, etc.
22. Obsolete to make fair.
23. a fair cop, Colloquial the discovery of a wrongdoer in the act or with guilt apparent.
24. a fair cow, Colloquial anything regarded as disagreeable or difficult.
25. a fair treat, Colloquial excellently; splendidly.
26. a fair way, Colloquial a not inconsiderable distance.
27. fair and square, Colloquial
a. honest; just; straightforward: a fair and square deal.
b. directly; accurately: I hit him fair and square on the chin.
c. honestly; justly; straightforwardly: to be beaten fair and square.
28. fair call, Colloquial (an expression acknowledging the reasonableness of an attitude stated by another.)
29. fair crack of the whip, Colloquial (an appeal for fairness or reason.)
30. fair enough, Colloquial (an expression of agreement.)
31. fair's fair, (an exclamation offered as a plea for fair play.)
32. fair shake of the dice (or stick), Colloquial (an appeal for fairness or reason.)
33. fair suck (of the sav){{}} (or sauce bottle), Colloquial (an appeal for fairness or reason.)
34. fair to middling, Colloquial reasonably good; so-so. {Phrase Origin: from cotton grading on the east coast of North America in the 1860s where grades went across the range, with one intermediate grade middling fair also called fair to middling}
35. give something a fair shake, Colloquial to attempt an activity, enterprise, etc., to the best of one's ability.
36. in a fair way to, likely to; on the way to: you're in a fair way to becoming an alcoholic, the amount you drink.
37. the fair, (an epithet of someone, man or woman, regarded as beautiful): Charles the Fair.
{Middle English; Old English fæger}
fairness, noun
/fɛə / (say fair)

1. a collection of amusements, such as merry-go-rounds, dodgems, etc., often travelling from place to place.
2. a periodic gathering of buyers and sellers, as of livestock, books, antiques, etc., in an appointed place.
3. an exhibition, especially an international one, for the display of national industrial and other achievements: World's Fair; International Trade Fair.
{Middle English feire, from Old French, from Late Latin fēria holiday; def. 3 US (1800s)

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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