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Fay

or Faye

[fey]
noun
  1. a female given name, form of Faith.
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  • In the unraveling of this mystery, Faye Duncan was to take a fair part.

    Johnny Longbow

    Roy J. Snell

  • The next instant Johnny and Faye were on their feet making the most of their opportunity.

    Johnny Longbow

    Roy J. Snell

  • He looked up and for the first time became conscious of Faye and Johnny.

    Johnny Longbow

    Roy J. Snell

  • Had Faye been alone she most certainly would have visited the valley of dead bears.

    Johnny Longbow

    Roy J. Snell

  • From her island fastness Faye Duncan heard the noise of battle, and shuddered.

    Johnny Longbow

    Roy J. Snell


British Dictionary definitions for faye

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 faye

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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