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fell3

[fel] /fɛl/
adjective
1.
fierce; cruel; dreadful; savage.
2.
destructive; deadly:
fell poison; fell disease.
Idioms
3.
at / in one fell swoop. swoop (def 5).
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English fel < Old French, nominative of felon wicked. See felon
Related forms
fellness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fellest

fell1

/fɛl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to cut or knock down: to fell a tree, to fell an opponent
2.
(needlework) to fold under and sew flat (the edges of a seam)
noun
3.
(US & Canadian) the timber felled in one season
4.
a seam finished by felling
Derived Forms
fellable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English fellan; related to Old Norse fella, Old High German fellen; see fall

fell2

/fɛl/
adjective
1.
(archaic) cruel or fierce; terrible
2.
(archaic) destructive or deadly: a fell disease
3.
one fell swoop, a single hasty action or occurrence
Derived Forms
fellness, noun
Word Origin
C13 fel, from Old French: cruel, from Medieval Latin fellō villain; see felon1

fell3

/fɛl/
verb
1.
the past tense of fall

fell4

/fɛl/
noun
1.
an animal skin or hide
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old High German fel skin, Old Norse berfjall bearskin, Latin pellis skin; see peel1

fell5

/fɛl/
noun
1.
(often pl) (Northern English & Scot)
  1. a mountain, hill, or tract of upland moor
  2. (in combination): fell-walking
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse fjall; related to Old High German felis rock
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Word Origin and History for fellest

fell

v.

Old English fællan (Mercian), fyllan (West Saxon) "make fall, cause to fall," also "strike down, demolish, kill," from Proto-Germanic *fallijanan (cf. Old Frisian falla, Old Saxon fellian, Dutch fellen, Old High German fellen, German fällen, Old Norse fella, Danish fælde), causative of *fallan (Old English feallan, see fall (v.)), showing i-mutation. Related: Felled; feller; felling.

Old English feoll; past tense of fall (v.).

adj.

"cruel," late 13c., from Old French fel "cruel, fierce, vicious," from Medieval Latin fello "villain" (see felon). Phrase at one fell swoop is from "Macbeth."

n.

"rocky hill," c.1300, from Old Norse fiall "mountain," from Proto-Germanic *felzam- "rock" (cf. German Fels "stone, rock"), from PIE root *pel(i)s- "rock, cliff."

"skin or hide of an animal," Old English fel, from Proto-Germanic *fellom- (cf. Old Frisian fel, Old Saxon fel, Dutch vel, Old High German fel, German fell, Old Norse fiall, Gothic fill), from PIE *pello- (see film (n.)).

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