- The definition of fey is eccentric or strange.
An example of something fey is wearing a Halloween costume in the middle of the spring.
fey definition by Webster's New World
- Now Chiefly Scot.
- fated; doomed to death: archaic except in Scottish usage
- in an unusually excited state, formerly believed to portend sudden death
- strange or unusual in any of certain ways, as, variously, eccentric, whimsical, visionary, elfin, shy, otherworldly
Origin: Middle English feie ; from Old English fæge, fated, akin to German feige, cowardly (OHG feigi, doomed) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form peik-, hostile from source foe, feud, Classical Latin piger, averse
fey definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. 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).b. Having visionary power; clairvoyant.c. Appearing touched or crazy, as if under a spell.
- Scots a. Fated to die soon.b. Full of the sense of approaching death.
Origin: Middle English feie, fated to die, from Old English fǣge.
- feyˈly adverb
- feyˈness noun