noun Archaic.

a companion; mate.

Origin of fere

before 1000; Middle English; Old English gefēra, derivative of fēran to go; akin to fare, feirie
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noun Scot

a companion
Also: fier a husband or wife

Word Origin for fere

Old English gefēra, from fēran to travel; see fare
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Word Origin and History for fere

"companion" (obsolete), from Middle English fere, a shortening of Old English gefera "associate, comrade, fellow-disciple; wife, man, servant," from root of faran "to go, travel" (cf. German Gefährte "companion;" see fare (v.)).

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