from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Suitable or used only during fair weather.
  • adjective Present and dependable only in good times.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Existing or done in or fitted for only pleasant weather; hence, figuratively, appearing in or suited to only favorable circumstances; not capable of withstanding or outliving opposition or adversity: as, a fair-weather voyage; fair-weather friends or Christians; fair-weather kindness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Made or done in pleasant weather, or in circumstances involving but little exposure or sacrifice.
  • adjective Appearing only when times or circumstances are prosperous.
  • adjective a make-believe or inexperienced sailor; -- the nautical equivalent of carpet knight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Suitable for use only during fair weather
  • adjective etc. Dependable only in the absence of trouble.


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