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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fey]
    • /feɪ/
    • /feɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fey]
    • /feɪ/

Definitions of fey word

  • adjective fey British Dialect. doomed; fated to die. 1
  • adjective fey Chiefly Scot. appearing to be under a spell; marked by an apprehension of death, calamity, or evil. 1
  • adjective fey supernatural; unreal; enchanted: elves, fairies, and other fey creatures. 1
  • adjective fey being in unnaturally high spirits, as were formerly thought to precede death. 1
  • adjective fey whimsical; strange; otherworldly: a strange child with a mysterious smile and a fey manner. 1
  • noun fey Giving an impression of vague unworldliness. 1

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Origin of fey

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English; Old English fǣge doomed to die; cognate with Old Norse feigr doomed, German feig cowardly

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Parts of speech for Fey


fey popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

fey usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fey

adj fey

  • clairvoyant — Someone who is believed to be clairvoyant is believed to know about future events or to be able to communicate with dead people.
  • dead — A person, animal, or plant that is dead is no longer living.
  • otherworldly — of, relating to, or devoted to another world, as the world of imagination or the world to come.
  • visionary — given to or characterized by fanciful, not presently workable, or unpractical ideas, views, or schemes: a visionary enthusiast.
  • whimsical — given to whimsy or fanciful notions; capricious: a pixyish, whimsical fellow.

adjective fey

  • fanciful — characterized by or showing fancy; capricious or whimsical in appearance: a fanciful design of butterflies and flowers.
  • unworldly — not worldly; not seeking material advantage; spiritually minded.
  • fantastical — conceived or appearing as if conceived by an unrestrained imagination; odd and remarkable; bizarre; grotesque: fantastic rock formations; fantastic designs.
  • capricious — Someone who is capricious often changes their mind unexpectedly.
  • irrational — without the faculty of reason; deprived of reason.

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