from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To decorate or improve in appearance through artificial means.
- v. To increase the liveliness of a horse by inserting an irritant, such as a piece of peeled raw ginger or a live eel, in its fundament.
- v. To beat or whip; to drive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To beat or whip; to drive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat or whip.
- To discomfit; perplex.
- To be perplexed.
- n. A dirty, sluttish, idle fellow.
From Dutch vegen ("to sweep, strike"), from Middle Dutch vēghen ("to cleanse"), from Old Dutch *fegōn ("to cleanse"), from Proto-Germanic *faginōnan (“to decorate, make beautiful”), from Proto-Indo-European *pōḱ-, *pēḱ- (“to clean, adorn”). Cognate with German fegen ("to cleanse, scour, sweep"), Danish feje ("to sweep"), Swedish feja ("to sweep"), Icelandic fægja ("to polish"). More at fay, fair. (Wiktionary)