What does fairly mean?

Definitions for fairly
ˈfɛər lifair·ly

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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  

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. John Neilson-Gammon:

    Typically, when we have widespread drought across the state, we end up with fairly high summer temperatures, especially maximum temperatures, because there's less moisture for evaporation.

  2. Peter Goelz:

    This is a fairly simple external device that can get damaged on a regular basis, that's important because Ethiopian Airlines made the decision to rely on them as single sources for streams of data.

  3. Michael Baughen:

    We've been fairly quiet in the markets today, today's( stock market) decline is mild and doesn't have anything causing it, other than maybe a lack of catalysts.

  4. Matthew Keator:

    While markets are fairly valued, when you consider the alternatives equities are still the best asset.

  5. Jeff Ellington.Stacey Abrams:

    Although I applied for it fairly early in the process when it finally arrived, the return envelope was sealed, i tried to steam it open because I watched a lot of 'Perry Mason.' It didn't work. And so I had to go vote in person.

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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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    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
    • A. affront
    • B. denudate
    • C. emanate
    • D. abase

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