One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having or characterized by calm or good weather; relating to or produced by such conditions.
2Fit or suitable only for calm or good weather.
3Dependable only when conditions or circumstances are favourable; unreliable in times of difficulty.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Hugh Broughton (1549–1612), divine and Hebraist. From fair + weather.
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