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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Disinterested implies a fairness arising particularly from lack of desire to obtain a selfish advantage: The motives of her guardian were entirely disinterested.
- Unprejudiced means not influenced or swayed by bias, or by prejudice caused by irrelevant considerations: an unprejudiced decision. :
- passable, tolerable, average, middling.
- open, clear, unencumbered.
- clean, spotless, pure, untarnished, unsullied, unstained.
- legible, distinct.
- blond, pale.
- pretty, comely, lovely.
- polite, gracious.