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"fairy" in British English

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fairynoun [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.

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  • fairy noun [C] (GAY)

offensive a gay man
(Definition of fairy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fairy" in American English

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fairynoun [C]

 us   /ˈfeər·i/
an imaginary creature with magical powers who looks like a small person with wings
(Definition of fairy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “fairy”
in Korean 요정…
in Arabic جِنّي, جِنِّيّة…
in Malaysian pari-pari…
in French fée, (de) fée…
in Russian фея…
in Chinese (Traditional) 想像中的生物, 小仙子,小精靈…
in Italian fata…
in Turkish peri…
in Polish wróżka…
in Spanish hada…
in Vietnamese thần tiên…
in Portuguese fada…
in Thai นางฟ้า…
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…
in Indonesian peri…
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