fairy, faery, faerie, fay, spritenoun
a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers
the realm of faerie; enchantment, illusion.
A mythical being who had magical powers, known in many sizes and descriptions, although often depicted in modern illustrations only as small and spritely with gauze-like wings; A sprite.
a male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate.
A nature spirit revered in modern paganism.
Etymology: From Middle English fairie, from faerie, the -erie abstract of fae, from Fata, from fatum
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Be secret and discrete; these fairy favours
Are lost when not conceal’d. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.
Such borrowed wealth, like fairy money, though it were gold in the hand from which he received it, will be but leaves and dust when it comes to use. John Locke.
This is the fairy land: oh, spight of spights,
We talk with goblings, owls, and elvish sprights. William Shakespeare.
Etymology: ferhð, Saxon; fee, French.] Ab ἔϱα, terra, fit & ϝέϱα Macedonum dialecto; unde ἔνϝεϱοι, & Romanis inferi, qui Scoto-Saxonibus dicuntur feries, nostratiq; vulgo corruptius fairies, ϰαταχόνιοι δαίμονες, sive dii manes. William Baxter Glossary.
Nan Page, my daughter, and my little son,
And three or four more of their growth, we’ll dress
Like urchins, ouphes, and fairies, green and white,
With rounds of waxen tapers on their heads,
And rattles in their hands. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.
Then let them all encircle him about,
And fairy like too pinch the unclean knight;
And ask him, why, that hour of fairy revel,
In their so sacred paths he dares to tread
In shape prophane. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.
By the idea any one has of fairies, or centaurs, he cannot know that things, answering those ideas, exist. John Locke.
Fays, fairies, genii, elves, and demons hear. Alexander Pope.
To this great fairy I’ll commend thy acts,
Make her thanks bless thee. William Shakespeare, Anth. and Cleopatra.
the country of the fays; land of illusions
an imaginary supernatural being or spirit, supposed to assume a human form (usually diminutive), either male or female, and to meddle for good or evil in the affairs of mankind; a fay. See Elf, and Demon
of or pertaining to fairies
given by fairies; as, fairy money
Etymology: [OE. fairie, faierie, enchantment, fairy folk, fairy, OF. faerie enchantment, F. fer, fr. LL. Fata one of the goddesses of fate. See Fate, and cf. Fay a fairy.]
A fairy is a type of mythical being or legendary creature, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural. Fairies resemble various beings of other mythologies, though even folklore that uses the term fairy offers many definitions. Sometimes the term describes any magical creature, including goblins or gnomes: at other times, the term only describes a specific type of more ethereal creature. Fairies are generally described as human in appearance and having magical powers. Their origins are less clear in the folklore, being variously dead, or some form of demon, or a species completely independent of humans or angels. Folklorists have suggested that their actual origin lies in a conquered race living in hiding, or in religious beliefs that lost currency with the advent of Christianity. These explanations are not necessarily incompatible, and they may be traceable to multiple sources. Much of the folklore about fairies revolves around protection from their malice. Although in modern culture they are often depicted as young, sometimes winged, humanoids of small stature, they originally were depicted quite differently: tall, radiant, angelic beings or short, wizened trolls being two of the commonly mentioned forms. One common theme found among the Celtic nations describes a race of diminutive people who had been driven into hiding by invading humans. When considered as beings that a person might actually encounter, fairies were noted for their mischief and malice.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fār′i, n. an imaginary being, generally of diminutive and graceful human form, capable of kindly or unkindly acts towards man: fairy-folk collectively: an enchantress, or creature of overpowering charm.—adj. like a fairy, fanciful, whimsical, delicate.—adv. Fair′ily.—n.pl. Fair′y-beads, the separate joints of the stems of fossil crinoids found in carboniferous limestone.—ns. Fair′y-butt′er, a name applied in northern England to certain gelatinous fungi; Fair′ydom; Fair′yhood, Fair′yism; Fair′yland, the country of the fairies.—adj. Fair′y-like, like or acting like fairies.—n. Fair′y-mon′ey, money given by fairies, which quickly changes into withered leaves, &c.: money found.—ns.pl. Fair′y-rings, -cir′cles, spots or circles in pastures, either barer than the rest of the field, or greener—due to the outwardly spreading growth of various fungi.—ns. Fair′y-stone, a fossil echinite found abundantly in chalk-pits; Fair′y-tale, a story about fairies: an incredible tale. [O. Fr. faerie, enchantment—fae (mod. fée). See Fay.]
a very femine homosexual man. I'm not the type to let a woman make me weary, But to resist, he'd have to be a fairy -- The D.O.C. (Beautiful But Deadly)
Is a picture of a perceived angelic being or spirit created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles.
She has a garden with fairy ornaments throughout for her grandchildren to come and play in and use their imagination. They are a variety of fairy products sold throughout the world.Submitted by MaryC on October 7, 2015
The numerical value of Fairy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of Fairy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale.
I can't think of any place I'd rather want to be in a 2km radius of, it feels a little like a fairy tale here.
Children read comic books, fairy tales but we have grown up listening about Hindu, Muslim riots. My vote will be my reaction to our painful past, our time will also come.
If I get smoked here I'm not gon na carry on a fairy tale.
Educating a son I should allow him no fairy tales and only a very few novels. This is to prevent him from having 1. the sense of romantic solitude (if he is worth anything he will develop a proper and useful solitude) which identification with the hero gives. 2. cant ideas of right and wrong, absurd systems of honor and morality which never will he be able completely to get rid of, 3. the attainment of ideals, of a priori desires, of a priori emotions. He should amuse himself with fact only: he will then not learn that if the weak younger son do or do not the magical honorable thing he will win the princess with hair like flax.
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- фея, педерастBulgarian
- fadaCatalan, Valencian
- teplouš, vílaCzech
- Tylwyth TegWelsh
- fe, alf, bøsseDanish
- Fee, ElfeGerman
- marica, hadaSpanish
- haltija, keijukainen, keiju, hintti, haltijatarFinnish
- fée, tapetteFrench
- bean sí, siógIrish
- sluagh sìdhe, bean-shìdh, sìthicheScottish Gaelic
- shee, mooinjer veggey, sheeaghanManx
- կյուս, փերիArmenian
- maho, periIndonesian
- fata, checcaItalian
- 妖精, 仙女Japanese
- 페어리, 요정Korean
- пери, перизатKyrgyz
- diva, Fairy, alfaLatin
- самовила, волшебничка, вилаMacedonian
- pari-pari, pepariMalay
- гомик, волшебница, содомит, мужеложец, феяRussian
- vilenjak, вилењак, вила, vilaSerbo-Croatian
- víla, teplošSlovak
- fe-, älva, feSwedish
- nàng tiên, tiênVietnamese
- jifey, hifey, feyVolapük
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