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fay1

[fey] /feɪ/
noun
1.
a fairy.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English faie, fei < Middle French feie, feeLatin Fāta Fate

fay2

[fey] /feɪ/
noun, Obsolete
1.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English fai, fei < Anglo-French, variant of feid faith

fay3

[fey] /feɪ/
noun, Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
ofay.
Origin
1925-30; by shortening

Fay

[fey] /feɪ/
noun
1.
a female given name, form of Faith.
Also, Faye.
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Examples for fay
  • fay pleaded guilty for vandalizing the car in addition to stealing road signs.
British Dictionary definitions for fay

fay1

/feɪ/
noun
1.
a fairy or sprite
adjective
2.
of or resembling a fay
3.
(informal) pretentious or precious
Word Origin
C14: from Old French feie, ultimately from Latin fātumfate

fay2

/feɪ/
verb
1.
to fit or be fitted closely or tightly
Word Origin
Old English fēgan to join; related to Old High German fuogen, Latin pangere to fasten

fay3

/feɪ/
noun
1.
an obsolete word for faith
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French feid; see faith
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Word Origin and History for fay
n.

"fairy," late 14c., from Old French fae (12c., Modern French fée), from Vulgar Latin *fata "goddess of fate," fem. singular of Latin fata (neuter plural), literally "the Fates" (see fate). Adjective meaning "homosexual" is attested from 1950s.

Fay

fem. proper name, in some cases from Middle English fei, Old French fei "faith," or else from fay "fairy."

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Slang definitions & phrases for fay

fay 1

noun

A white person; honky, peckerwood

[1920s+ Black; fr ofay]


fay 2

adjective

Homosexual; gay

[1950s+ Homosexuals; fr earlier fay, ''fairy'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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