Definition of fairy in English:

fairy

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɛːri
 
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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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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.

Phrases

away with the fairies

British informal Giving the impression of being mad, distracted, or in a dreamworld.
More example sentences
  • 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!’

Derivatives

fairylike

adjective
More example sentences
  • 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.

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