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fey

[fey] /feɪ/
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
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English fǣge doomed to die; cognate with Old Norse feigr doomed, German feig cowardly
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British Dictionary definitions for feyest

fey

/feɪ/
adjective
1.
interested in or believing in the supernatural
2.
attuned to the supernatural; clairvoyant; visionary
3.
(mainly Scot) fated to die; doomed
4.
(mainly Scot) in a state of high spirits or unusual excitement, formerly believed to presage death
Derived Forms
feyness, noun
Word Origin
Old English fæge marked out for death; related to Old Norse feigr doomed, Old High German feigi
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Word Origin and History for feyest
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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