from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having or displaying an otherworldly, magical, or fairylike aspect or quality: "She's got that fey look as though she's had breakfast with a leprechaun” ( Dorothy Burnham).
  • adj. Having visionary power; clairvoyant.
  • adj. Appearing touched or crazy, as if under a spell.
  • adj. Scots Fated to die soon.
  • adj. Scots Full of the sense of approaching death.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Magical or fairylike.
  • adj. Strange or otherworldly.
  • adj. Spellbound.
  • adj. About to die; fated; doomed; on the verge of sudden or violent death.
  • adj. Dying; dead.
  • adj. overrefined, precious; quaint, cute
  • n. Fairy folk collectively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fated; doomed.
  • n. Faith.
  • transitive v. To cleanse; to clean out.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete form of fay.
  • Same as fay.
  • See fay.
  • n. A Middle English form of fay.
  • n. An obsolete form of fee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. slightly insane
  • adj. suggestive of an elf in strangeness and otherworldliness


Middle English feie, fated to die, from Old English fǣge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English fey ("fated to die"), from Old English fǣge ("doomed to die, timid"), from Proto-Germanic *faigijaz (“cowardly, wicked”), from Proto-Indo-European *pAik-, *pAig- (“ill-meaning, bad”). Akin to Old Saxon fēgi whence Dutch veeg ("doomed, near death"), Old High German feigi ("appointed for death, ungodly") whence German feige ("cowardly"), Old Norse feigr ("doomed") whence the Icelandic feigur ("doomed to die"), Old English fāh ("outlawed, hostile"). More at foe. (Wiktionary)



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  • (adj): fated to die soon (archaic)

    August 20, 2009