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fair1    /fɛər/ Show Spelled [fair] Show IPA adjective, -er, -est, adverb, -er, -est, noun, verb –adjective

  • 1 free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice: a fair decision; a fair judge.
  • 2legitimately sought, pursued, done, given, etc.; proper under the rules: a fair fight.
  • 3moderately large; ample: a fair income.
  • 4 neither excellent nor poor; moderately or tolerably good: fair health.
  • 5 marked by favoring conditions; likely; promising: in a fair way to succeed.
  • 6 Meteorology .
a (of the sky) bright; sunny; cloudless to half-cloudy.
b. (of the weather) fine; with no prospect of rain, snow, or hail; not stormy.
  • 7 Nautical . (of a wind or tide) tending to aid the progress of a vessel.
  • 8unobstructed; not blocked up: The way was fair for our advance.
  • 9. without irregularity or unevenness: a fair surface.
  • 10. free from blemish, imperfection, or anything that impairs the appearance, quality, or character: Her fair reputation was ruined by gossip.
  • 11. easy to read; clear: fair handwriting.
  • 12. of a light hue; not dark: fair skin.
  • 13. pleasing in appearance; attractive: a fair young maiden.
  • 14. seemingly good or sincere but not really so: The suitor beguiled his mistress with fair speeches.
  • 15. courteous; civil: fair words.
  • 16. Medicine/Medical . (of a patient's condition) having stable and normal vital signs and other favorable indicators, as appetite and mobility, but being in some discomfort and having the possibility of a worsening state.
  • 17. Dialect . scarcely; barely: It was just fair daylight when we started working.


  • 18. in a fair manner: He doesn't play fair.
  • 19. straight; directly, as in aiming or hitting: He threw the ball fair to the goal.
  • 20. favorably; auspiciously.
  • 21. British, Australian . entirely; completely; quite: It happened so quickly that it fair took my breath away.


  • 22. Archaic . something that is fair.
  • 23. Archaic .
a. a woman.
b. a beloved woman.

–verb (used with object)

  • 24. to make the connection or junction of (surfaces) smooth and even.
  • 25. Shipbuilding .
a. to draw and adjust (the lines of a hull being designed) to produce regular surfaces of the correct form.
b. to adjust the form of (a frame or templet) in accordance with a design, or cause it to conform to the general form of a hull.
c. to restore (a bent plate or structural member) to its original form.
d. to align (the frames of a vessel under construction) in proper position.
  • 26. to bring (rivet holes in connecting structural members) into perfect alignment.
  • 27. Obsolete . to make fair.

—Verb phrase

  • 28. fair off / up, South Midland and Southern U.S. (of the weather) to clear: It's supposed to fair off toward evening.


  • 29. bid fair, to seem likely: This entry bids fair to win first prize.
  • 30. fair and square,
a. honestly; justly; straightforwardly: He won the race fair and square.
b. honest; just; straightforward: He was admired for being fair and square in all his dealings.
  • 31. fair to middling, Informal . only tolerably good; so-so.

Origin: before 900; Middle English; Old English fæger; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German fagar, Old Norse fagr, Gothic fagrs

—Related forms fair·ness, noun


  1. Fair, impartial, disinterested, unprejudiced refer to lack of bias in opinions, judgments, etc. Fair implies the treating of all sides alike, justly and equitably: a fair compromise.
  2. Impartial, like fair, implies showing no more favor to one side than another, but suggests particularly a judicial consideration of a case: an impartial judge.
  3. Disinterested implies a fairness arising particularly from lack of desire to obtain a selfish advantage: The motives of her guardian were entirely disinterested.
  4. Unprejudiced means not influenced or swayed by bias, or by prejudice caused by irrelevant considerations: an unprejudiced decision. :
  5. passable, tolerable, average, middling.
  6. open, clear, unencumbered.
  7. clean, spotless, pure, untarnished, unsullied, unstained.
  8. legible, distinct.
  9. blond, pale.
  10. pretty, comely, lovely.
  11. polite, gracious.


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