- a companion; mate
- a husband or wife; spouse
Origin of fereMiddle English fere ; from Old English (Anglian) fera, aphetic for gefera ; from ge-, together + -fera ; from base of faran, to go: see fare
- A companion.
- A spouse.
Origin of fereMiddle English, from Old English gefēra; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.
Old English (Northumbrian) fǣra, aphetic form of ġefēra (> Middle English y-fere).
(comparative more fere, superlative most fere)
- (obsolete) fierce
Compare Latin ferus (“wild”).