fay

1
[ fey ]
/ feɪ /

noun

a fairy.

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Origin of fay

1
1350–1400; Middle English faie, fei<Middle French feie, fee ≪ Latin Fāta Fate (def. 6)

Definition for fay (2 of 4)

fay2
[ fey ]
/ feɪ /

noun Obsolete.

Origin of fay

2
1250–1300; Middle English fai, fei <Anglo-French, variant of feid faith

Definition for fay (3 of 4)

fay3
[ fey ]
/ feɪ /

noun Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.

Origin of fay

3
First recorded in 1925–30; by shortening

Definition for fay (4 of 4)

Fay

or Faye

[ fey ]
/ feɪ /

noun

a female given name, form of Faith.
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British Dictionary definitions for fay (1 of 3)

fay1
/ (feɪ) /

noun

a fairy or sprite

adjective

of or resembling a fay
informal pretentious or precious

Word Origin for fay

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

British Dictionary definitions for fay (2 of 3)

fay2
/ (feɪ) /

verb

to fit or be fitted closely or tightly

Word Origin for fay

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

British Dictionary definitions for fay (3 of 3)

fay3
/ (feɪ) /

noun

an obsolete word for faith

Word Origin for fay

C13: from Anglo-French feid; see faith
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