Definition of fairly in English:


Syllabification: fair·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈfe(ə)rlē


  • 2 [usually as submodifier] To quite a high degree: I was fairly certain she had nothing to do with the affair I get along fairly well with everybody
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    • Most of our fine police officers have a fairly large degree of discretion to use.
    • It's still fairly big and quite bulky but we're gradually getting there.
    • The demo came out really well; recorded fairly quickly, pretty much live and without too much fuss.
  • 2.1Actually (used to emphasize something surprising or extreme): he fairly snarled at her
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    • Uh Huh Her was written and recorded entirely in her Dorset home, and is a fairly extreme reaction to her previous work.
    • We're fairly surprised that Whitney and Bobby are now officially the tackiest couple of the year.
    • After what happened last time, I was fairly surprised that he stopped at all.


fairly and squarely

another term for fair and square (see fair1).

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