fell

1
[ fel ]
/ fɛl /

verb

simple past tense of fall.

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Definition for fell (2 of 5)

fell2
[ fel ]
/ fɛl /

verb (used with object)

to knock, strike, shoot, or cut down; cause to fall: to fell a moose; to fell a tree.
Sewing. to finish (a seam) by sewing the edge down flat.

noun

Lumbering. the amount of timber cut down in one season.
Sewing. a seam finished by felling.

Origin of fell

2
before 900; Middle English fellen,Old English fellan, causative of feallan to fall; cognate with Gothic falljan to cause to fall

Definition for fell (3 of 5)

fell3
[ fel ]
/ fɛl /

adjective

fierce; cruel; dreadful; savage.
destructive; deadly: fell poison; fell disease.

Origin of fell

3
1250–1300; Middle English fel<Old French, nominative of felon wicked. See felon1

OTHER WORDS FROM fell

fellness, noun

Definition for fell (4 of 5)

fell4
[ fel ]
/ fɛl /

noun

the skin or hide of an animal; pelt.

Origin of fell

4
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch vel,German Fell,Old Norse -fjall (in berfjall bear-skin), Gothic -fill (in thrutsfill scab-skin, leprosy); akin to Latin pellis skin, hide

Definition for fell (5 of 5)

fell5
[ fel ]
/ fɛl /

noun Scot. and North England.

an upland pasture, moor, or thicket; a highland plateau.

Origin of fell

5
1300–50; Middle English <Old Norse fell,fjall hill, mountain, akin to German Felsen rock, cliff
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British Dictionary definitions for fell (1 of 5)

fell1
/ (fɛl) /

verb (tr)

to cut or knock downto fell a tree; to fell an opponent
needlework to fold under and sew flat (the edges of a seam)

noun

US and Canadian the timber felled in one season
a seam finished by felling

Derived forms of fell

fellable, adjective

Word Origin for fell

Old English fellan; related to Old Norse fella, Old High German fellen; see fall

British Dictionary definitions for fell (2 of 5)

fell2
/ (fɛl) /

adjective

archaic cruel or fierce; terrible
archaic destructive or deadlya fell disease
one fell swoop a single hasty action or occurrence

Derived forms of fell

fellness, noun

Word Origin for fell

C13 fel, from Old French: cruel, from Medieval Latin fellō villain; see felon 1

British Dictionary definitions for fell (3 of 5)

fell3
/ (fɛl) /

verb

the past tense of fall

British Dictionary definitions for fell (4 of 5)

fell4
/ (fɛl) /

noun

an animal skin or hide

Word Origin for fell

Old English; related to Old High German fel skin, Old Norse berfjall bearskin, Latin pellis skin; see peel 1

British Dictionary definitions for fell (5 of 5)

fell5
/ (fɛl) /

noun

(often plural) Northern English and Scot
  1. a mountain, hill, or tract of upland moor
  2. (in combination)fell-walking

Word Origin for fell

C13: from Old Norse fjall; related to Old High German felis rock
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Idioms and Phrases with fell

fell

see one fell swoop.

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