fair and square

fair and square
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fair and skwair]
    • /fɛər ænd skwɛər/
    • /feə(r) ənd skweə(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fair and skwair]
    • /fɛər ænd skwɛər/

Definitions of fair and square words

  • adjective fair and square free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice: a fair decision; a fair judge. 1
  • adjective fair and square legitimately sought, pursued, done, given, etc.; proper under the rules: a fair fight. 1
  • adjective fair and square moderately large; ample: a fair income. 1
  • adjective fair and square neither excellent nor poor; moderately or tolerably good: fair health. 1
  • adjective fair and square marked by favoring conditions; likely; promising: in a fair way to succeed. 1
  • adjective fair and square Meteorology. (of the sky) bright; sunny; cloudless to half-cloudy. (of the weather) fine; with no prospect of rain, snow, or hail; not stormy. 1

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Origin of fair and square

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English; Old English fæger; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German fagar, Old Norse fagr, Gothic fagrs

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Parts of speech for Fair and square


fair and square popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for fair and square

adj fair and square

  • aboveboard — An arrangement or deal that is aboveboard is legal and is being carried out openly and honestly. A person who is aboveboard is open and honest about what they are doing.
  • honest — honorable in principles, intentions, and actions; upright and fair: an honest person.
  • impartial — not partial or biased; fair; just: an impartial judge.
  • just — guided by truth, reason, justice, and fairness: We hope to be just in our understanding of such difficult situations.
  • straightforward — going or directed straight ahead: a straightforward gaze.

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