A little girl dressed as a fairy.
An example of a fairy is Tinker Bell.
- Folklore a being usually in human form and having magic powers, specif. one that is tiny, graceful, and delicate
- Slang a male homosexual: term of contempt or derision
Origin of fairyME, fairyland, fairy ; from Old French faerie ; from fée: see fay
- of fairies
- fairylike; graceful; delicate
- An imaginary being in human form, depicted as clever, mischievous, and possessing magical powers.
- Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a gay man.
Origin of fairyMiddle English fairie, fairyland, enchanted being, from Old French faerie, from fae, fairy, from Vulgar Latin *F&amacron;ta, goddess of fate, from Latin f&amacron;ta, the Fates, pl. of f&amacron;tum, fate; see fate.
- A mythical being who had magical powers, known in many sizes and descriptions, although often depicted in modern illustrations only as small and spritely with gauze-like wings; A sprite.
- (Northern England, US, derogatory, colloquial) a male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate.
- (paganism) A nature spirit revered in modern paganism.
English from ca. 1300, first in the sense of "enchantment, illusion, dream" and later "realm of the fays, fairy-land" or "the inhabitants of fairyland as a collective". The re-interpretation of the term as a countable noun denoting individual inhabitants of fairy-land can be traced to the 1390s, but becomes common only in the 16th century.