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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fair-lee]
    • /ˈfɛər li/
    • /ˈfeəli/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fair-lee]
    • /ˈfɛər li/

Definitions of fairly word

  • adverb fairly in a fair manner; justly or honestly; impartially. 1
  • adverb fairly moderately; tolerably: a fairly heavy rain. 1
  • adverb fairly properly; legitimately: a claim fairly made. 1
  • adverb fairly clearly; distinctly: fairly seen. 1
  • adverb fairly Chiefly Southern U.S. actually; completely: The wheels fairly spun. almost; practically: He slipped off the roof and fairly broke his neck. 1
  • adverb fairly Obsolete. softly. 1

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Origin of fairly

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at fair1, -ly

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Parts of speech for Fairly


fairly popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 86% 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 fairly

adv fairly

  • rather — in a measure; to a certain extent; somewhat: rather good.
  • reasonably — agreeable to reason or sound judgment; logical: a reasonable choice for chairman.
  • moderately — kept or keeping within reasonable or proper limits; not extreme, excessive, or intense: a moderate price.
  • adequately — as much or as good as necessary for some requirement or purpose; fully sufficient, suitable, or fit (often followed by to or for): This car is adequate to our needs. adequate food for fifty people.
  • quite — completely, wholly, or entirely: quite the reverse; not quite finished.

adjective fairly

  • pretty — pleasing or attractive to the eye, as by delicacy or gracefulness: a pretty face.

adverb fairly

  • somewhat — in some measure or degree; to some extent: not angry, just somewhat disturbed.
  • comparatively — in a comparative manner
  • relatively — in a relative manner: a relatively small difference.
  • fair and square — free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice: a fair decision; a fair judge.
  • equally — In the same manner.

Antonyms for fairly

adv fairly

  • unfairly — not fair; not conforming to approved standards, as of justice, honesty, or ethics: an unfair law; an unfair wage policy.
  • unjustly — not just; lacking in justice or fairness: unjust criticism; an unjust ruler.

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