Word of the DayMonday, March 07, 2005
\FAY\ , adjective;
Possessing or displaying a strange and otherworldly aspect or quality; magical or fairylike; elfin.
Having power to see into the future; visionary; clairvoyant.
Appearing slightly crazy, as if under a spell; touched.
(Scots.) Fated to die; doomed.
(Scots.) Marked by a sense of approaching death.
. . .the former a gang of dangerous delinquents, fearless, macho, vulgar . . ., the latter a group of mischievous schoolboys, whimsical, fey, sophisticated and daringly experimental.
-- Sean Kelly, "What Did You Expect, the Spanish Inquisition?", New York Times, July 25, 1999
Beneath a fey manner, his mother was highly competitive.
-- Evan Thomas, The Very Best Men
Leo, suddenly fey, sports a rhinestone ascot and black velvet waistcoat, homburg and walking stick.
-- Edward Karam, "Fast and louche", Times, March 29, 2001
Fey comes from Middle English feye, feie, from Old English fæge, "fated to die."
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