What does fairy mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fairy, faery, faerie, fay, spritenoun

    a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers

Wiktionary

  1. fairynoun

    the realm of faerie; enchantment, illusion.

    Etymology: From Middle English fairie, from faerie, the -erie abstract of fae, from Fata, from fatum

  2. fairynoun

    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.

    Etymology: From Middle English fairie, from faerie, the -erie abstract of fae, from Fata, from fatum

  3. fairynoun

    a male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate.

    Etymology: From Middle English fairie, from faerie, the -erie abstract of fae, from Fata, from fatum

  4. fairynoun

    A nature spirit revered in modern paganism.

    Etymology: From Middle English fairie, from faerie, the -erie abstract of fae, from Fata, from fatum

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fairynoun

    enchantment; illusion

    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.]

  2. Fairynoun

    the country of the fays; land of illusions

    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.]

  3. Fairynoun

    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

    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.]

  4. Fairynoun

    an enchantress

    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.]

  5. Fairyadjective

    of or pertaining to fairies

    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.]

  6. Fairyadjective

    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.]

Freebase

  1. 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

  1. Fairy

    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.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. fairy

    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)

Editors Contribution

  1. fairy

    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  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fairy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fairy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of fairy in a Sentence

  1. Atlantic Starr:

    This fairy tale we're living is real inside our hearts.

  2. Jon Scieszka:

    Lane and I got turned down in a lot of places because people thought the manuscript of The Three Little Pigs was too sophisticated. That became a curse word—the 'S' word… People don't give kids enough credit for knowing the fairy tales and being able to get what parody is.

  3. Rainer Maria Rilke:

    Ideally a painter (and, generally, an artist) should not become conscious of his insights: without taking the detour through his reflective processes, and incomprehensibly to himself, all his progress should enter so swiftly into the work that he is unable to recognize them in the moment of transition. Alas, the artist who waits in ambush there, watching, detaining them, will find them transformed like the beautiful gold in the fairy tale which cannot remain gold because some small detail was not taken care of.

  4. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Before you enter the forest, you must leave your mind outside, because in the land of fairy tales there is no need for it!

  5. Ian McKellen:

    People who don't like the idea of gay characters appearing in fairy stories should think what they would think if they were gay themselves and why should they be excluded?

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