Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “fairy”

See all translations

fairy

noun [C] uk   /ˈfeə.ri/ us    /ˈfer.i/

fairy noun [C] (IMAGINARY CREATURE)

an imaginary creature with magic powers, usually represented as a very small person with wings: Do you believe in fairies? She used to think there were fairies at the bottom of her garden.be away with the fairies UK humorous to behave in a way that is slightly strange: It's no good asking her to take care of the children - she's away with the fairies most of the time.
More examples

fairy noun [C] (GAY)

offensive a gay man
Translations of “fairy”
in Korean 요정…
in Arabic جِنّي, جِنِّيّة…
in French fée, (de) fée…
in Turkish peri…
in Italian fata…
in Chinese (Traditional) 想像中的生物, 小仙子,小精靈…
in Russian фея…
in Polish wróżka…
in Spanish hada…
in Portuguese fada…
in German die Fee…
in Catalan fada…
in Japanese 妖精…
in Chinese (Simplified) 想象中的生物, 小仙子,小精灵…
(Definition of fairy from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of fairy?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “fairy” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

pup

a baby of particular animals, or a puppy

Word of the Day

I won’t tolerate it! Replacing formal words with phrasal verbs.

by Liz Walter,
April 01, 2015
When you are using a language, it is important to understand if a word is formal or informal, so that you can use it in an appropriate way. You might hear people saying dosh for money, or spud for potato, but they wouldn’t write those words in a formal essay. Similarly, a

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More