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ferly

or fer·lie

[ fer-lee ]
/ ˈfɛr li /
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noun, plural fer·lies.
something unusual, strange, or causing wonder or terror.
astonishment; wonder.
adjective
unexpected; strange; unusual.
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Origin of ferly

First recorded before 900; Middle English fæ(i)rlich, feorlic(h), from Old English fǣrlīc, equivalent to fǣr “sudden danger” + -līc, adjective suffix; cognate with German gefährlich, Dutch gevaarlijk “dangerous”; see origin at fear, -ly
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British Dictionary definitions for ferly

ferly
/ (ˈfɛrlɪ) Scot /

adjective
wonderful; strange
noun plural -lies
a wonder; something strange or marvellous
verb -lies, -lying or -lied (intr)
to wonder; be surprised

Word Origin for ferly

Old English færlic sudden
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