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fay1

[fey] /feɪ/
noun
1.
a fairy.
Origin of fay1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English faie, fei < Middle French feie, feeLatin Fāta Fate ( def 6 )

fay2

[fey] /feɪ/
noun, Obsolete.
1.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English fai, fei < Anglo-French, variant of feid faith

fay3

[fey] /feɪ/
noun, Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
ofay.
Origin
First recorded in 1925-30; by shortening

Fay

or Faye

[fey] /feɪ/
noun
1.
a female given name, form of Faith.
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  • It will make all the difference in the world to fay; and, on her account, to me also.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • fay's was not, and neither letter bore any address in Bombay.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • fay was still lying on her long chair in the verandah when Jan got in.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • Then fay sent her to say good night to the children, who were just getting ready for bed.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • Do you mean to say, fay, that he hasn't let you know where he is?

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • "I defy anybody to quarrel with fay when she is willing to make it up," her mother said.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
British Dictionary definitions for fay

fay1

/feɪ/
noun
1.
a fairy or sprite
adjective
2.
of or resembling a fay
3.
(informal) pretentious or precious
Word Origin
C14: from Old French feie, ultimately from Latin fātumfate

fay2

/feɪ/
verb
1.
to fit or be fitted closely or tightly
Word Origin
Old English fēgan to join; related to Old High German fuogen, Latin pangere to fasten

fay3

/feɪ/
noun
1.
an obsolete word for faith
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French feid; see faith
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Word Origin and History for fay
n.

"fairy," late 14c., from Old French fae (12c., Modern French fée), from Vulgar Latin *fata "goddess of fate," fem. singular of Latin fata (neuter plural), literally "the Fates" (see fate). Adjective meaning "homosexual" is attested from 1950s.

Fay

fem. proper name, in some cases from Middle English fei, Old French fei "faith," or else from fay "fairy."

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Slang definitions & phrases for fay

fay 1

noun

A white person; honky, peckerwood

[1920s+ Black; fr ofay]

fay 2

adjective

Homosexual; gay

[1950s+ Homosexuals; fr earlier fay, ''fairy'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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