fey

[ fey ]
/ feɪ /

adjective

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

before 900; Middle English; Old English fǣge doomed to die; cognate with Old Norse feigr doomed, German feig cowardly
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fey
/ (feɪ) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of fey

feyness, noun

Word Origin for fey

Old English fæge marked out for death; related to Old Norse feigr doomed, Old High German feigi
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