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[fur-guh s] /ˈfɜr gəs/
Irish Legend. one of the great warrior kings of Ulster.
a male given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • After taking leave of the count, his wife, and daughter, Fergus rode back to the royal quarters.

  • "Not for another three-quarters of an hour," remarked Fergus, looking at his watch.

    Stingaree E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • Miss Mohun says Fergus is quite to be trusted not to take him into dangerous places.

    The Long Vacation Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Grandfather and Fergus looked astonished, and Fergus scratched his head.

  • Fergus drew nigh and sprang from his chariot.7 Cuchulain bade him welcome.

  • “Why, Fergus, you should have been born a savage,” said Dan.

    The Buffalo Runners R.M. Ballantyne
  • This greeting over, Fergus said three or four words to his sister in Gaelic.

    Waverley Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for Fergus


(in Irish legend) a warrior king of Ulster, who was supplanted by Conchobar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Fergus

masc. proper name, from Gaelic Fearghus or Old Irish Fergus "man-ability," first element cognate with Latin vir "man," second from Old Irish gus "ability, excellence, strength, inclination," from Celtic root *gustu- "choice," from PIE root *geus- "to taste" (see gusto).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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