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fairy

fair·y
F f

Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fair-ee]
    • /ˈfɛər i/
    • /ˈfeə.ri/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fair-ee]
    • /ˈfɛər i/

Definitions of fairy word

  • noun plural fairy (in folklore) one of a class of supernatural beings, generally conceived as having a diminutive human form and possessing magical powers with which they intervene in human affairs. 1
  • noun plural fairy Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual. 1
  • adjective fairy of or relating to fairies: fairy magic. 1
  • adjective fairy of the nature of a fairy; fairylike. 1
  • adjective fairy fairy green. 1
  • noun fairy A small imaginary being of human form that has magical powers, esp. a female one. 1

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Origin of fairy

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English faierie < Old French: enchantment, fairyland. See fay1, -ery

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Fairy

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

fairy popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% 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".

fairy usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fairy

noun fairy

  • imp — a little devil or demon; an evil spirit.
  • goblin — a grotesque sprite or elf that is mischievous or malicious toward people.
  • gnome — GNU Network Object Model Environment
  • leprechaun — a dwarf or sprite.
  • gremlin — a mischievous invisible being, said by airplane pilots in World War II to cause engine trouble and mechanical difficulties.

adjective fairy

  • horrible — causing or tending to cause horror; shockingly dreadful: a horrible sight.
  • supranatural — beyond what is natural; supernatural.
  • extrasensory — Of or relating to extrasensory perception.
  • supernatural — of, relating to, or being above or beyond what is natural; unexplainable by natural law or phenomena; abnormal.
  • unknowable — not knowable; incapable of being known or understood.

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