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fell

1
[fel]
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verb
  1. simple past tense of fall.
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fell

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[fel]
verb (used with object)
  1. to knock, strike, shoot, or cut down; cause to fall: to fell a moose; to fell a tree.
  2. Sewing. to finish (a seam) by sewing the edge down flat.
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noun
  1. Lumbering. the amount of timber cut down in one season.
  2. Sewing. a seam finished by felling.
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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
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Related Words for felled

shoot, tumble, drop, flatten, slash, raze, rive, gash, cleave, cut, level, floor, demolish, down, hew, split, sunder, hack, prostrate, mangle

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British Dictionary definitions for felled

fell

1
verb (tr)
  1. to cut or knock downto fell a tree; to fell an opponent
  2. needlework to fold under and sew flat (the edges of a seam)
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noun
  1. US and Canadian the timber felled in one season
  2. a seam finished by felling
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Derived Formsfellable, adjective

Word Origin for fell

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

fell

2
adjective
  1. archaic cruel or fierce; terrible
  2. archaic destructive or deadlya fell disease
  3. one fell swoop a single hasty action or occurrence
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Derived Formsfellness, noun

Word Origin for fell

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

fell

3
verb
  1. the past tense of fall
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fell

4
noun
  1. an animal skin or hide
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Word Origin for fell

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

fell

5
noun
  1. (often plural) Northern English and Scot
    1. a mountain, hill, or tract of upland moor
    2. (in combination)fell-walking
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Word Origin for fell

C13: from Old Norse fjall; related to Old High German felis rock
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Word Origin and History for felled

fell

n.1

"rocky hill," c.1300, from Old Norse fiall "mountain," from Proto-Germanic *felzam- "rock" (cf. German Fels "stone, rock"), from PIE root *pel(i)s- "rock, cliff."

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fell

v.2

Old English feoll; past tense of fall (v.).

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fell

n.2

"skin or hide of an animal," Old English fel, from Proto-Germanic *fellom- (cf. Old Frisian fel, Old Saxon fel, Dutch vel, Old High German fel, German fell, Old Norse fiall, Gothic fill), from PIE *pello- (see film (n.)).

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fell

v.1

Old English fællan (Mercian), fyllan (West Saxon) "make fall, cause to fall," also "strike down, demolish, kill," from Proto-Germanic *fallijanan (cf. Old Frisian falla, Old Saxon fellian, Dutch fellen, Old High German fellen, German fällen, Old Norse fella, Danish fælde), causative of *fallan (Old English feallan, see fall (v.)), showing i-mutation. Related: Felled; feller; felling.

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fell

adj.

"cruel," late 13c., from Old French fel "cruel, fierce, vicious," from Medieval Latin fello "villain" (see felon). Phrase at one fell swoop is from "Macbeth."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with felled

fell

see one fell swoop.

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