fair [1] ADJECTIVE 1) just or appropriate in the circumstances. 2) treating people equally. 3) considerable in size or amount. 4) moderately good. 5) (of hair or complexion) light; blonde. 6) (of weather) fine and dry. 7) Austral./NZ informal complete. 8) archaic beautiful.
ADVERB 1) in a fair manner. 2) dialect to a high degree.
all's fair in love and war — Cf. ↑all's fair in love and war
fair and square — Cf. ↑fair and square
fair dinkum — Cf. fair dinkum
fair dos — Cf. ↑fair dos
fair enough — Cf. ↑fair enough
the fair sex (also the fairer sex) — Cf. ↑the fairer sex
fair's fair — Cf. ↑fair's fair
it's a fair cop — Cf. ↑it's a fair cop
DERIVATIVES fairish adjective fairness noun.
ORIGIN Old English.
fair [2] NOUN 1) a gathering of stalls and amusements for public entertainment. 2) a periodic gathering for the sale of goods. 3) an exhibition to promote particular products.
ORIGIN Latin feria, from feriae 'holy days' (on which fairs were often held).

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  • fairish — adjective Date: circa 1611 fairly good < a fairish wage for those days > • fairishly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fairish — adjective 1. not excessive or extreme a fairish income reasonable prices • Syn: ↑fair, ↑reasonable • Similar to: ↑moderate • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • fairish — adjective a) Of moderate size, quality etc b) Somewhat fair …   Wiktionary

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  • fairish — fair·ish …   English syllables

  • fairish — fair•ish [[t]ˈfɛər ɪʃ[/t]] adj. 1) moderately good or large 2) moderately light in color • Etymology: 1605–15 …   From formal English to slang

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