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Fairy (adjective)

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Fa'iry. adj.

  1. Given by fairies.

    Be secret and discrete; these fairy favours
    Are lost when not conceal'd.
    Dryden's Spanish Fryar.

    Such borrowed wealth, like fairy money, though it were gold in the hand from which he received it, will be but leaves and dust when it comes to use. Locke.

  2. Belonging to fairies.

    This is the fairy land: oh, spight of spights,
    We talk with goblings, owls, and elvish sprights.
    Shakesp.

Sources: Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors (24) · Dryden, John (788) · Locke, John (269)

Attributes: Adjective (426)

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