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[fahy] /faɪ/
(used to express mild disgust, disapprobation, annoyance, etc.)
(used to express the humorous pretense of being shocked.)
Origin of fie
1250-1300; Middle English fi < Middle French < Latin; compare Old Norse fȳ, Latin phy Unabridged
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  • fie had collected twenty-four of us, whom he called his 'disciples,' and shamed am I to say, I was one.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • No cat ever dreaded water so much as she does: fie upon her!

  • "fie for shame, Captain Jacques," said Mary, with pious horror.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • fie on thee, John, to take a poor maid at her word so shortly.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin
  • And Bianca, she too said, "fie, what foolish duty call you this?"

    Tales from Shakespeare Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb
  • fie, monseigneur, your suspicions are offensive both to the queen and to me.

    The Queen's Necklace

    Alexandre Dumas pre
  • Oh, fie, Mistress Eleanor; why, you would not ride to the wars?

    The Pigeon Pie Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Let her descend, bully, let her 20 descend; my chambers are honourable: fie!

    The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare
British Dictionary definitions for fie


(obsolete or facetious) an exclamation of distaste or mock dismay
Word Origin
C13: from Old French fi, from Latin , exclamation of disgust
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Word Origin and History for fie

late 13c., possibly from Old French fi, exclamation of disapproval, and reinforced by a Scandinavian form (cf. Old Norse fy); it's a general sound of disgust that seems to have developed independently in many languages.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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