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

  • adjective Of moderately large size or good quality.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pretty fair; passably good, etc.: as, a fairish crop.

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

  • adjective colloq. Tolerably fair.

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

  • adjective Of moderate size, quality etc
  • adjective of hair Somewhat fair

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (used of hair or skin) pale or light-colored
  • adjective not excessive or extreme


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  • A dozen or so of men came in – fairish, with grey or hazel eyes – all friendly.

    High Albania

  • After a bit, we mustered a varry nice pairty ov abaat a dozen, an 'as iverybody wor tawkin at once we managed to mak a fairish din.

    Yorksher Puddin' A Collection of the Most Popular Dialect Stories from the Pen of John Hartley

  • She had a curtain of fairish brown hair, the colour of underlay in fact.

    The Solid Table Fallacy

  • I don't care to be told that I resemble royalty; it wakes too many unpleasant memories, and in the case of Franz-Josef it was downright foolish, for while he cut a fairish figure, tall, dark and well-moustached and whiskered, he had no more style than a clothes-horse - and I ain't got a Hapsburg lip or the stare of a backward haddock.


  • There was a fairish crowd of Indians doing what Indians usually do-squatting and loafing, scratching and gossiping in groups, some of the bucks painting, the women cooking at the fires, the kids scampering.


  • A nondescript sort of young man, all skin and bone, fairish, potato-faced—but what did it matter?


  • But it soon becomes dull; the only notable thing happened about the third day, when we came to a little stream and copse where there was a fairish assembly of wagons, and the trail divided-our fork continuing south-west, while the northern trail branched up towards the Kanzas River, and then to the North Platte, and eventually to Oregon.


  • Another fragrant leaf from my diary, that was, and my only regret for Emperor Max was that he'd been a fairish cricketer for a novice, and might have made a half-decent batter, if he'd lived. '


  • Owen would have made a fairish corporal, given no work more taxing than lifting heavy weights and advancing into the cannon's mouth, but Junior had always been slightly wanting, Jerry told me, and the Kansas fighting had sent him off the rails altogether.


  • I asked Grattan who they were; he thought, from the bright-coloured blankets and the buffalo-scalp cap, that they might be Cumanches, but wasn't sure-I may tell you now, from a fairish experience of Indians, that they're a sight harder to identify by appearance than, say, Zulu regiments or civilised soldiers; they ain't consistent in their dress or ornament.



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