follow Dictionary.com

Know these essential literary terms?

ferly

[fer-lee] /ˈfɛr li/
noun, plural ferlies.
1.
something unusual, strange, or causing wonder or terror.
2.
astonishment; wonder.
adjective
3.
unexpected; strange; unusual.
Also, ferlie.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English fǣrlīc, equivalent to fǣr fear + -līc -ly; cognate with German gefährlich dangerous, Dutch gevaarlijk
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for ferly

ferly

/ˈfɛrlɪ/
adjective
1.
wonderful; strange
noun (pl) -lies
2.
a wonder; something strange or marvellous
verb (intransitive) -lies, -lying, -lied
3.
to wonder; be surprised
Word Origin
Old English færlic sudden
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for ferly

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for ferly

11
11
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with ferly