from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A present bought or given at a fair, or brought from a fair.
  • noun Ironically, something unpleasant bestowed as a gift.

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

  • noun A present; originally, one given or purchased at a fair.
  • noun a box receiving savings or small sums of money.

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

  • verb Present participle of fair.
  • noun A structure on various parts of a vehicle, for example an aircraft, automobile, or motorcycle, that produces a smooth exterior and reduces drag
  • noun A present; originally, one given or purchased at a fair. (Uncommon)


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  • But here in the present case, to carry on the volant metaphor (for I must either be merry, or mad), is a pretty little miss just come out of her hanging-sleeve-coat, brought to buy a pretty little fairing; for the world, Jack, is but a great fair, thou knowest; and, to give thee serious reflection for serious, all its joys but tinselled hobby-horses, gilt gingerbread, squeaking trumpets, painted drums, and so forth.

    Lovelace to Belford, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    January 4, 2008