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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

adj.

"of excitement that presages death," from Old English fæge "doomed to die, fated, destines," also "timid, feeble;" and/or from Old Norse feigr, both from Proto-Germanic *faigjo- (cf. Old Saxon fegi, Old Frisian fai, Middle Dutch vege, Middle High German veige "doomed," also "timid," German feige "cowardly"), from PIE *peig- "evil-minded, hostile" (see foe). 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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