fair

fair, fairly adverbs.
Fair is used in its ordinary meaning ‘in a fair manner’ in several fixed expressions, e.g. to bid fair, to play fair, fair between the eyes. In dialect use and in some non-British varieties it is used to mean ‘completely, fully, really’, as in It fair gets me down. It should be remembered that fairly has several meanings: (1) in a fair manner (He treated me fairly); (2) moderately, to a noticeable degree (The path is fairly narrow / a fairly good translation); (3) utterly, completely (He was fairly beside himself). In some contexts it is difficult to know (as with quite) whether the meaning is 2 or 3, although in speech intonation can clarify which is meant.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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