Meaning of “fairly” in the English Dictionary

"fairly" in British English

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fairlyadverb

uk /ˈfeə.li/ us /ˈfer.li/

fairly adverb (QUITE)

B1 more than average, but less than very:

She's fairly tall.
I'm fairly sure that this is the right address.
We get on fairly well.
I saw her fairly recently.

UK literary used to emphasize figurative expressions that describe what people or objects are doing:

The answer fairly jumps off the page at you!
The dog fairly flew out of the door to greet him.

More examples

  • They have always dealt honestly and fairly with their customers.
  • Journalists are meant to report fairly and impartially on every story.
  • There is no pride in winning a game if you know you haven't won fairly.
  • The defendant was not treated fairly by his employer and should not have lost his job.
  • All complaints will be dealt with quickly and fairly.

(Definition of “fairly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fairly" in American English

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fairlyadverb

us /ˈfeər·li/

fairly adverb (IN THE RIGHT WAY)

in a way that is right or reasonable and treats people equally :

It’s the responsibility of a judge to treat both sides fairly.

fairly adverb (TO SOME DEGREE)

[ not gradable ] more than a little; to some degree:

I know him fairly well.
I saw her fairly recently (= not very long ago).

(Definition of “fairly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)