ferly

or fer·lie

[ fer-lee ]
/ ˈfɛr li /
Scot.

noun, plural fer·lies.

something unusual, strange, or causing wonder or terror.
astonishment; wonder.

adjective

unexpected; strange; unusual.

Nearby words

  1. ferine,
  2. feringhee,
  3. ferity,
  4. ferlinghetti,
  5. ferlinghetti, lawrence,
  6. fermanagh,
  7. fermat,
  8. fermat's last theorem,
  9. fermat's principle,
  10. fermat's theorem

Origin of ferly

before 900; Middle English; Old English fǣrlīc, equivalent to fǣr fear + -līc -ly; cognate with German gefährlich dangerous, Dutch gevaarlijk

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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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