What does fairly mean?

Definitions for fairly
ˈfɛər lifair·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word fairly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. reasonably, moderately, pretty, jolly, somewhat, fairly, middling, passablyadverb

    to a moderately sufficient extent or degree

    "pretty big"; "pretty bad"; "jolly decent of him"; "the shoes are priced reasonably"; "he is fairly clever with computers"

  2. fairly, fair, evenhandedlyadverb

    without favoring one party, in a fair evenhanded manner

    "deal fairly with one another"

  3. fairly, fair, cleanadverb

    in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating

    "they played fairly"


  1. fairlyadverb

    In a fair manner; clearly; openly; plainly; fully; distinctly; frankly.

  2. fairlyadverb

    Favorably; auspiciously; commodiously; as, a town fairly situated for foreign trade.

  3. fairlyadverb

    Honestly; properly.

    1859 Easton, Alexander, A Practical Treatise on Street or Horse-Power Railways, p 108, "Rules adopted by the Sixth Avenue Railway, N. Y.":

  4. fairlyadverb

    Softly; quietly; gently.

  5. fairlyadverb

    partly, not fully; somewhat

    The weather this weekend will be fairly dry.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fairlyadverb

    Etymology: from fair.

    Waiting ’till willing winds their sails supply’d,
    Within a trading town they long abide,
    Full fairly situate on a haven’s side. Dryden.

    To the first advantages we may fairly lay claim; I wish we had as good a title to the latter. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    It is a church of England man’s opinion, that the freedom of a nation consists in an absolute unlimited legislative power, wherein the whole body of the people are fairly represented, and in an executive duly limited. Jonathan Swift.

    The stage how loosely does Astrea tread,
    Who fairly puts all characters to bed. Alexander Pope, Epist. of Hor.

    As I interpret fairly your design,
    So look not with severer eyes on mine. John Dryden, Aurengz.

    Where I have enlarged them, I desire the false criticks would not always think that those thoughts are wholly mine; but that either they are secretly in the poet, or may be fairly deduced from him. Dryden.

    This nutritious juice being a subtile liquor, scarce obtainable by a human body, the serum of the blood is fairly substituted in its place. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Here is th’ indictment of the good lord Hastings,
    Which in a set hand fairly is engross’d. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    All this they fairly overcame, by reason of the continual presence of their king. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    Let them say, ’tis grossly done; so it be fairly done, no matter. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Our love is not so great, Hortensio, but we may blow our nails together, and fast it fairly out. William Shakespeare, Tam. of the Shrew.


  1. Fairly

    Fairly is a surname.


  1. fairly

    Fairly, as an adverb, generally refers to acting in a just, unbiased, or neutral manner. It can also mean to a moderately large degree or extent. It signifies doing something in a way that is right or reasonable and treating people equally without favoritism or discrimination. Additionally, it can represent a sense of confirmation or truth, as in 'that is fairly accurate'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fairlyadverb

    in a fair manner; clearly; openly; plainly; fully; distinctly; frankly

  2. Fairlyadverb

    favorably; auspiciously; commodiously; as, a town fairly situated for foreign traade

  3. Fairlyadverb

    honestly; properly

  4. Fairlyadverb

    softly; quietly; gently

Editors Contribution

  1. fairlyadverb

    In a fair manner.

    The salary and wages of employees was paid fairly as the business could afford it and shareholders agree it.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 30, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fairly is ranked #72105 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fairly surname appeared 270 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Fairly.

    57.7% or 156 total occurrences were White.
    37% or 100 total occurrences were Black.
    3.7% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fairly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1797

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fairly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #721

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fairly' in Adverbs Frequency: #142

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fairly in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fairly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of fairly in a Sentence

  1. Billy Payne:

    It became obvious fairly quickly that the place we could impact the most would be throughout Asia, we thought if we could identify good golfers and create heroes who would be emulated by other kids, in the process they would be attracted to the game.

  2. Keith Fargo:

    These guidelines are fairly clear that there's strong evidence that physical activity reduces a person's risk for developing dementia.

  3. Art Hogan:

    Earnings have been fairly good but the problem is that we haven't seen organic revenue growth and are also seeing tepid guidance from companies in face of the strong dollar.

  4. Goh Choon Phong:

    We can expect that because the global economy isn't looking good. Obviously, you should expect that it should have an impact on the premium traffic, but so far we are not seeing the impact in any material manner yet, we are still seeing the demand in this segment on our routes anyway, to be fairly strong.

  5. Eric Chauvistre:

    If the Greens had the ministries for transportation, energy, housing and infrastructure, they would be in a fairly good position to implement most of their important climate imperatives, they don't require the chancellery to do that.

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Translations for fairly

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  • عدلArabic
  • безпристрастно, сравнително, честно, справедливо, горе-долуBulgarian
  • francament, força, verdaderament, justamentCatalan, Valencian
  • příznivě, čestně, správně, spravedlivě, poctivěCzech
  • gerechtGerman
  • abiertamente, francamenteSpanish
  • منصفانهPersian
  • justementFrench
  • 公正Japanese
  • ак ниеттик менен, ыраазы болуп, канааттанып, ак ниет менен, чыдарлык, адилеттик кылып, туура, адилеттик мененKyrgyz
  • bastantePortuguese
  • сравнительно, справедливо, честно, отчасти, беспристрастноRussian
  • rättvistSwedish

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    expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
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