Word of the DaySunday, October 23, 2011
\FER-lee\ , noun;
Something unusual, strange, or causing wonder or terror.
Unexpected; strange; unusual.
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
Ferly is derived from Old English fǣrlīc meaning fǣr (fear) and -līc (-ly). It was related to the German gefährlich meaning dangerous.
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