Fay definition

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Faith.
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(literary) A fairy.
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A fairy or an elf.
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(archaic) Faith.
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To join or fit closely or tightly.
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(shipbuilding) To fit closely or exactly; join.
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An Irish surname​, anglicized from Ó Fiaich and Ó Fathaigh.
pronoun
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(person, proper) A feminine name.
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To fit.
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To join or unite closely or tightly.
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To lie close together.
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To fadge.
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(dialectal) To cleanse; clean out.
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(US slang) A white person.
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(US slang) White.
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A female given name, pet form of Faith or Frances; often used as a middle name.
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A fairy; an elf.
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An English surname​, originally a nickname from "faith, loyalty" or "a fairy".
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fay
Plural:
fays

Origin of fay

  • Middle English faie enchanted person or place from Old French fae fairy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English feien from Old English fēgan pag- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English fai from Anglo-Norman fei, fed faith

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English feyen, feien, from Old English fēġan (“to join, unite”), from Proto-Germanic *fōgijaną (“to join”), from Proto-Germanic *fōgō (“joint, slot”), from Proto-Indo-European *paḱ- (“to fasten, place”). Akin to Old Frisian fōgia (“to join”), Old Saxon fōgian (“to join”), Middle Low German fögen (“to join, add”), Dutch voegen (“to add, place”), Old High German fuogen (“to connect”) (German fügen (“to connect”)), Old English fōn (“to catch”). More at fang.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English fegien, fæien (“to cleanse”), from Old Norse fægja (“to cleanse, polish”), from Proto-Germanic *fēgijaną (“to decorate, make beautiful”), from Proto-Indo-European *pōḱ-, *pēḱ- (“to clean, adorn”). Cognate with Swedish feja (“to sweep”), Danish feje (“to sweep”), German fegen (“to cleanse, scour, sweep”), Dutch vegen (“to sweep, strike”). More at feague, fake, fair.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English faie, fei (“a place or person possessed with magical properties”), from Middle French feie, fee (“fairy", "fae”). More at fairy.

    From Wiktionary

  • Abbreviation of ofay.

    From Wiktionary