1) A present bought or given at a fair.

1756 Huddersfield Fair

gave children for fairings. A Slaithwaite man named Archer Bamforth used the word in an interview in 1976: There was a man up the hill who used to fatten up seven or so beasts to sell at Marsden Fair and I would go ahead … to see they didn’t stray … through the gap holes … the man said he would bring me a fairing back – say three humbugs in a paper bag .

dates 1756 1976

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