from The Century Dictionary.

  • Fearful; terrible.
  • Unexpected; sudden.
  • Singular; wonderful; extraordinary.
  • noun A wonder; a strange deed, event, or object.
  • noun Wonder; astonishment.
  • noun A fault.
  • To wonder.
  • Fearfully; singularly; wonderfully.
  • Suddenly; hastily; quickly.

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

  • adjective obsolete, obsolete, obsolete Singular; wonderful; extraordinary.

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

  • noun obsolete Astonishment, surprise, wonder, wonderfulness, unexpected.
  • noun obsolete No wonder, not surprisingly.
  • adjective obsolete Unexpected, sudden, terrible, amazing, great or numerous, very.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English fērlī ("astonishing, surprising, unexpected"), Old English fǣrliċ ("sudden, unexpected").



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