Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Faithful; loyal.
  • noun Same as fail.
  • See feel.
  • To hide.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Faithful; loyal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Northern England, Scotland (of things) Cosy; clean; neat.
  • adjective Northern England, Scotland (of persons) Comfortable; cosy; safe.
  • adjective Northern England, Scotland Smooth; soft; downy; velvety.
  • adverb In a feal manner.
  • verb transitive, dialectal To hide.

Etymologies

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From Middle English fele, fæle ("proper, of the right sort"), from Old English fǣle ("faithful, trusty, good; dear, beloved"), from Proto-Germanic *failijaz (“true, friendly, familiar, good”), from Proto-Indo-European *pey- (“to adore”). Cognate with Scots feel, feelie ("cosy, neat, clean, comfortable"), West Frisian feilich ("safe"), Dutch veil ("for-sale"), Dutch veilig ("safe"), German feil ("for-sale"), Latin pīus ("good, dutiful, faithful, devout, pious").

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From Middle English felen, from Old Norse fela ("to hide"), from Proto-Germanic *felhanan (“to conceal, hide, bury, trust, intrude”), from Proto-Indo-European *pele(w)-, *plē(w)- (“to hide”). Cognate with Old High German felahan ("to pass, trust, sow"), Old English fēolan ("to cleave, enter, penetrate").

Examples

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  • these examples are all wrong. in those days - the days of the writing of these example documents - the character 'f' was used to denote both the letter f and the letter s. these examples all confuse this. "feal" in the first example means the animal the seal, because in this instance the character 'f' denotes the letter s.

    September 30, 2010

  • Aha! Another one for my long s list. Thanks!

    September 30, 2010