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  1. British Dialect. doomed; fated to die.

  2. Chiefly Scot. appearing to be under a spell; marked by an apprehension of death, calamity, or evil.

  1. supernatural; unreal; enchanted: elves, fairies, and other fey creatures.

  2. being in unnaturally high spirits, as were formerly thought to precede death.

  3. 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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How to use fey in a sentence

  • “El Feyer” in Morocco is the call to prayers about three in the morning.

    Mogreb-el-Acksa | R. B. Cunninghame Graham

British Dictionary definitions for fey


/ (feɪ) /

  1. interested in or believing in the supernatural

  2. attuned to the supernatural; clairvoyant; visionary

  1. mainly Scot fated to die; doomed

  2. mainly Scot in a state of high spirits or unusual excitement, formerly believed to presage death

Origin of fey

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

Derived forms of fey

  • feyness, noun

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