Fey Definition

adjective
feyest
Overrefined, exaggerated, or affected.
American Heritage
Effeminate.
American Heritage
In an unusually excited state, formerly believed to portend sudden death.
Webster's New World
Strange or unusual in any of certain ways, as, variously, eccentric, whimsical, visionary, elfin, shy, otherworldly.
Webster's New World
Having or displaying an otherworldly, magical, or fairylike aspect or quality.
American Heritage
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noun

Fairy folk collectively.

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Other Word Forms of Fey

Adjective

Base Form:
fey
Superlative:
feyest

Origin of Fey

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English feie fated to die from Old English fǣge

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

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