- n. A nonsensical exclamation attributed to giants and ogres.
- n. by extension Any expression calculated to impose upon the timid and ignorant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A nonsensical exclamation attributed to giants and ogres; hence, any expression calculated to impose upon the timid and ignorant.
“She had a vision of herself as an ogre -- whiskers sprouted all over her face, her ears bulged and swaggled, her voice became a cavernous rumble, her conversation sounded like fee-faw-fum -- and yet, her brothers were not afraid of her in the least; they pinched her and kicked her hat.”
“He would return with their seven heads swinging pitifully from his girdle, and, when he reached the castle gates, he would gnash his teeth through the keyhole with a noise like the grinding together of great rocks, and would poke his head through the fanlight of the door, and say, fee-faw-fum in a voice of such exceeding loudness that the castle would be shaken to its foundation.”
“It sounds like the fee-faw-fum and mummery of a voodoo man. ”
“Shut your eyes, and say, ` Raw-head-and-bloody-bones, fee-faw-fum 'three times, and then look up in the mow just over your own head.””
“My uncle will be here directly, "she added, in a fee-faw-fum tone.”
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