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ferly

or fer·lie

[fer-lee]Scot.
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noun, plural fer·lies.
  1. something unusual, strange, or causing wonder or terror.
  2. astonishment; wonder.
adjective
  1. unexpected; strange; unusual.

Origin of ferly

before 900; Middle English; Old English fǣrlīc, equivalent to fǣr fear + -līc -ly; cognate with German gefährlich dangerous, Dutch gevaarlijk
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Historical Examples

  • Ye needna think he cares a buckie for you, ye tow-headed, crawlin' ferlie!

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City

    S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett


British Dictionary definitions for ferlie

ferly

adjective
  1. wonderful; strange
noun plural -lies
  1. a wonder; something strange or marvellous
verb -lies, -lying or -lied (intr)
  1. to wonder; be surprised

Word Origin

Old English færlic sudden
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