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fairy tale

  
, fairy story  
1    folk tale, romance  
2    cock-and-bull story     (informal)   fabrication, fantasy, fiction, invention, lie, pork pie     (Brit. slang)   porky     (Brit. slang)   tall story, untruth  
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fairy     
brownie, elf, hob, leprechaun, peri, pixie, Robin Goodfellow, sprite  


airy-fairy     
chimerical, fanciful, feeble, flimsy, incorporeal, insubstantial, lightweight, shaky, unconvincing, unsound, without substance  
  
Antonyms     
   concrete, firm, solid, sound, substantial  
fairy tale   , fairy story  
1    folk tale, romance  
2    cock-and-bull story     (informal)   fabrication, fantasy, fiction, invention, lie, pork pie     (Brit. slang)   porky     (Brit. slang)   tall story, untruth  

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fairy tale

  
     ( fairy tales    plural  ) , fairytale   A fairy tale is a story for children involving magical events and imaginary creatures.      n-count  
She was like a princess in a fairy tale.     

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fairy     ( fairies    plural  )
1       n-count   A fairy is an imaginary creature with magical powers. Fairies are often represented as small people with wings.  
2       n-count   If someone describes a man as a fairy, they mean that he is a homosexual and they disapprove of this.  
OFFENSIVE, OLD-FASHIONED, disapproval  


airy-fairy     
If you describe someone's ideas as airy-fairy, you are critical of them because you think the ideas are vague, impractical, and unrealistic.  
  (BRIT)      adj  
  (disapproval)   
...their airy-fairy principles.     
fairy godmother     
If you call a woman your fairy godmother, you are saying in a slightly humorous way that she has been very helpful in your life, often at times when you thought you had problems that could not be solved.      n-sing   poss N  
fairy lights     
Fairy lights are small, coloured electric lights that are hung up as decorations, for example on a Christmas tree.  
  (BRIT)      n-plural  
fairy story        ( fairy stories    plural  ) A fairy story is the same as a fairy tale.      n-count  
fairy tale        ( fairy tales    plural  ) , fairytale   A fairy tale is a story for children involving magical events and imaginary creatures.      n-count  
She was like a princess in a fairy tale.     
tooth fairy        ( tooth fairies    plural  ) The tooth fairy is an imaginary creature. Children are told that if they put a tooth that comes out under their pillow, the tooth fairy will take it away while they are sleeping and leave a coin in its place.      n-count   usu the N in sing  

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fairy story, fairly, fair

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