fair-weath·​er ˈfer-ˌwe-t͟hər How to pronounce fair-weather (audio)
: loyal only during a time of success
a fair-weather friend
: suitable for or done during fair weather
a fair-weather sail

Examples of fair-weather in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of fair-weather was in 1653

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“Fair-weather.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fair-weather. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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