fey

[fey]
adjective
1.
British Dialect. doomed; fated to die.
2.
Chiefly Scot. appearing to be under a spell; marked by an apprehension of death, calamity, or evil.
3.
supernatural; unreal; enchanted: elves, fairies, and other fey creatures.
4.
being in unnaturally high spirits, as were formerly thought to precede death.
5.
whimsical; strange; otherworldly: a strange child with a mysterious smile and a fey manner.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English fǣge doomed to die; cognate with Old Norse feigr doomed, German feig cowardly

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fey (feɪ)
 
adj
1.  interested in or believing in the supernatural
2.  attuned to the supernatural; clairvoyant; visionary
3.  chiefly (Scot) fated to die; doomed
4.  chiefly (Scot) in a state of high spirits or unusual excitement, formerly believed to presage death
 
[Old English fæge marked out for death; related to Old Norse feigr doomed, Old High German feigi]
 
'feyness
 
n

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fey
"of excitement that presages death," from O.E. fæge "doomed to die," also "timid;" and/or from O.N. feigr, both from P.Gmc. *faigjo- (cf. M.Du. vege, M.H.G. veige "doomed," also "timid," Ger. feige "cowardly"). Preserved in Scottish. Sense of "displaying unearthly qualities" and "disordered in
the mind (like one about to die)" led to modern ironic sense of "affected."
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