Definition of fairy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈfɛːri

noun (plural fairies)

  • 1A small imaginary being of human form that has magical powers, especially a female one: she believed she had had fairies at the bottom of her garden [as modifier]: fairy gold
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    • I love magical things like fairies and goblins.
    • The fairies occupied the land in many parts of the world, yet just like the multiple races of humans or demons, fairies have several of their own.
    • It says everything your inner child wants to hear: believe in fairies and the powers of the imagination; and no matter how bad real life can become, you can always visit Neverland.
    sprite, pixie, elf, imp, brownie, puck; dwarf, gnome, goblin, hobgoblin, troll; Scottish Folklore kelpie; Irish Folklore leprechaun, pishogue, Sidhe; South African Folklore tokoloshe; Persian Mythology peri
    literary faerie, fay
    rare nix, nixie, hob, elfin
  • 2A Central and South American hummingbird with a green back and long tail.
    • Genus Heliothryx, family Trochilidae: two species
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    • Hummingbirds vary in size from a 21/4-in. (6-cm) fairy hummingbird of Cuba (the smallest of all birds) to an 81/2-in. (21.6-cm) giant hummer of the Andes, Patagona gigas.
  • 3 informal , • derogatory A male homosexual.


away with the fairies

British informal Giving the impression of being mad, distracted, or in a dreamworld.
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  • My prone body would lie limp, my mental faculties away with the fairies with no estimated time of return.
  • The Fairy Ring was established five years ago after the founder of the National Fairy Appreciation Society folded her group - ‘she went away with the fairies,’ quipped Susan.
  • While he was gone, we spoke to his wife - he'd just had a hip replacement operation, and was just coming off the morphine. ‘You should have seen him, he was away with the fairies!’



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  • Small fountains and courtyards drew her in; they seemed, in Guinevere's imagination, small pieces of another world; fairylike, ornate, and delicate.
  • Driving back we got the same thrill we always do at seeing Butte at night… It is so fairylike with its twinkling lights and so startling in a black wilderness.
  • Please take a brief walk back in time with me, as I share with you a bit of history about the exquisite, fairylike Rocky Mountain columbine.


Middle English (denoting fairyland, or fairies collectively): from Old French faerie, from fae, 'a fairy', from Latin fata 'the Fates', plural of fatum (see fate). Compare with fay.

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