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[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
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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
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