[ feez, feyz ]
/ fiz, feɪz /
a state of vexation or worry.
a violent rush or impact.
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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of feeze
1350–1400; Middle English fese blast, rush, fesen to drive, chase, frighten; compare Old English (Anglian) fēsan, (West Saxon ) fȳsan
Words nearby feeze
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British Dictionary definitions for feeze
(tr) to beat
to drive off
mainly US to disconcert; worry
mainly US a state of agitation
Word Origin for feeze
Old English fēsian
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