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FAIRY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fairy mean? 

FAIRY (noun)
  The noun FAIRY has 2 senses:

1. a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers
2. offensive terms for an openly homosexual man

  Familiarity information: FAIRY used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FAIRY (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

faerie; faery; fairy; fay; sprite

Hypernyms ("fairy" is a kind of...):

spiritual being; supernatural being (an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fairy"):

brownie; elf; gremlin; hob; imp; pixie; pixy ((folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous)

fairy godmother (a female character is some fairy stories who has magical powers and can bring unexpected good fortune to the hero or heroine)

dwarf; gnome (a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure)

Morgan le Fay ((Arthurian legend) a wicked enchantress who was the half sister and enemy of King Arthur)

Puck; Robin Goodfellow (a mischievous sprite of English folklore)

Oberson ((Middle Ages) the king of the fairies and husband of Titania in medieval folklore)

Titania ((Middle Ages) the queen of the fairies in medieval folklore)

tooth fairy (a fairy that is said to leave money at night under a child's pillow to compensate for a baby tooth falling out)

water nymph; water spirit; water sprite (a fairy that inhabits water)


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Meaning:

Offensive terms for an openly homosexual man

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

pouf; poove; poof; nance; queer; fagot; faggot; fag; fairy; pansy; queen

Hypernyms ("fairy" is a kind of...):

gay man; shirtlifter (a homosexual man)


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