- British Dialect. doomed; fated to die.
- Chiefly Scot. appearing to be under a spell; marked by an apprehension of death, calamity, or evil.
- supernatural; unreal; enchanted: elves, fairies, and other fey creatures.
- being in unnaturally high spirits, as were formerly thought to precede death.
- whimsical; strange; otherworldly: a strange child with a mysterious smile and a fey manner.
Origin of fey
Examples from the Web for fey
Contemporary Examples of fey
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January 12, 2014
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Rudolph and Fey end the song Natalie Cole style, as each duetting with her unborn child.
As is the Fey way, her opening monologue included some stellar self-deprecating jokes.
Historical Examples of fey
I think I must be fey to-day; you cannot irritate me even when you try.The Lock And Key Library
I'm 'fey' to-day, as the Scotch say, and must 'dree my weird'.A harum-scarum schoolgirl
"You're 'fey,' child," she said, as she helped her out of the dandy.Captain Desmond, V.C.
Into his mind, involuntarily, came the awesome Scotch word “fey.”The Mistress of Shenstone
Florence L. Barclay
"The man is fey," said the Duke to himself, listening with a startled gravity.Doom Castle
- interested in or believing in the supernatural
- attuned to the supernatural; clairvoyant; visionary
- mainly Scot fated to die; doomed
- mainly Scot in a state of high spirits or unusual excitement, formerly believed to presage death
Word Origin for fey
"of excitement that presages death," from Old English fæge "doomed to die, fated, destines," also "timid, feeble;" and/or from Old Norse feigr, both from Proto-Germanic *faigjo- (cf. Old Saxon fegi, Old Frisian fai, Middle Dutch vege, Middle High German veige "doomed," also "timid," German feige "cowardly"), from PIE *peig- "evil-minded, hostile" (see foe). Preserved in Scottish. Sense of "displaying unearthly qualities" and "disordered in the mind (like one about to die)" led to modern ironic sense of "affected."