fairy

A fairy is a mythical, magical creature. Most fairies in stories are described as looking like tiny humans with wings.

Fairies show up in fables, myths, and fairy tales, usually as kind and lovely creatures with magical powers, although sometimes fairies are mischievous or even spiteful. In the folklore of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, a fairy was actually a malicious spirit. The earliest spelling was faerie, which meant both "the home of supernatural creatures" and "something incredible or fictitious," from the Latin fata, "the Fates."

Primary Meanings of fairy

1.
n
a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers
2.
n
offensive term for an openly homosexual man
Full Definitions of fairy
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n a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers

Synonyms:
faerie, faery, fay, sprite
Types:
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brownie, elf, gremlin, hob, imp, pixie, pixy
(folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
fairy godmother
a female character in some fairy stories who has magical powers and can bring unexpected good fortune to the hero or heroine
dwarf, gnome
a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure
Morgan le Fay
(Arthurian legend) a wicked enchantress who was the half sister and enemy of King Arthur
Puck, Robin Goodfellow
a mischievous sprite of English folklore
Oberson
(Middle Ages) the king of the fairies and husband of Titania in medieval folklore
Titania
(Middle Ages) the queen of the fairies in medieval folklore
tooth fairy
a fairy that is said to leave money at night under a child's pillow to compensate for a baby tooth falling out
water nymph, water spirit, water sprite
a fairy that inhabits water
Nibelung
(German mythology) any of the race of dwarfs who possessed a treasure hoard that was stolen by Siegfried
undine
any of various female water spirits
leprechaun
a mischievous elf in Irish folklore
sandman
an elf in fairy stories who sprinkles sand in children's eyes to make them sleepy
Andvari
(Norse mythology) a dwarf who possessed a treasure that was stolen by Loki
Type of:
spiritual being, supernatural being
an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events
2

n offensive term for an openly homosexual man

Type of:
gay man, shirtlifter
a homosexual man

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