(used to express mild disgust, disapprobation, annoyance, etc.)
(used to express the humorous pretense of being shocked.)

Origin of fie

1250–1300; Middle English fi < Middle French < Latin; compare Old Norse fȳ, Latin phy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fie

Contemporary Examples of fie

Historical Examples of fie

  • Fie had collected twenty-four of us, whom he called his 'disciples,' and shamed am I to say, I was one.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • No cat ever dreaded water so much as she does: fie upon her!

  • "Fie for shame, Captain Jacques," said Mary, with pious horror.

    The O'Donoghue

    Charles James Lever

  • Fie on thee, John, to take a poor maid at her word so shortly.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin

  • And Bianca, she too said, "Fie, what foolish duty call you this?"

    Tales from Shakespeare

    Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb

British Dictionary definitions for fie



obsolete, or facetious an exclamation of distaste or mock dismay

Word Origin for fie

C13: from Old French fi, from Latin , exclamation of disgust
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for fie

late 13c., possibly from Old French fi, exclamation of disapproval, and reinforced by a Scandinavian form (cf. Old Norse fy); it's a general sound of disgust that seems to have developed independently in many languages.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper