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fay1

[fey]
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noun
  1. a fairy.
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Origin of fay1

1350–1400; Middle English faie, fei < Middle French feie, feeLatin Fāta Fate(def 6)

fay2

[fey]
noun Obsolete.
  1. faith.
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Origin of fay2

1250–1300; Middle English fai, fei < Anglo-French, variant of feid faith

fay3

[fey]
noun Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. ofay.
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Origin of fay3

First recorded in 1925–30; by shortening

Fay

or Faye

[fey]
noun
  1. a female given name, form of Faith.
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  • 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

  • "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

  • FAY was still lying on her long chair in the verandah when Jan got in.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • You see, Mother was far too strong and wise to spoil me as little Fay is spoilt.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • "I like to think of the children at Wren's End," Fay said dreamily.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker


British Dictionary definitions for fay

fay1

noun
  1. a fairy or sprite
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adjective
  1. of or resembling a fay
  2. informal pretentious or precious
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French feie, ultimately from Latin fātum fate

fay2

verb
  1. to fit or be fitted closely or tightly
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Word Origin

Old English fēgan to join; related to Old High German fuogen, Latin pangere to fasten

fay3

noun
  1. an obsolete word for faith
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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.

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Fay

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

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