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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Definitions for ferly

  1. Something unusual, strange, or causing wonder or terror.
  2. Astonishment; wonder.
  3. Unexpected; strange; unusual.

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Citations for ferly
I had had half a thought, at the outset, of telling him about the ferly, my glimpse of the palace. But I couldn't bring myself to it. Clive Staples Lewis and Fritz Eichenberg, Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold
Lord, ye'll have all the folk staring as if we were some ferly. Margaret Oliphant, Kirsteen
Origin of ferly
900
Ferly is derived from Old English fǣrlīc meaning fǣr (fear) and -līc (-ly). It was related to the German gefährlich meaning dangerous.