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Definition fey

Etymology 1

From Middle English fey (“fated to die”), from Old English fǣġe (“doomed to die, timid”), from Proto-Germanic *faigijaz (“cowardly, wicked”), from Proto-Indo-European *peyk-, *peyg- (“ill-meaning, bad”). Akin to Old Saxon fēgi whence Dutch veeg (“doomed, near death”), Old High German feigi (“appointed for death, ungodly”) whence German feige (“cowardly”), Old Norse feigr (“doomed”) whence the Icelandic feigur (“doomed to die”), Old English fāh (“outlawed, hostile”). More at foe.


fey (comparative more fey, superlative most fey)

  1. (dialectal or archaic) About to die; doomed; on the verge of sudden or violent death.
  2. (obsolete) Dying; dead.
  3. (chiefly Scotland, Ireland) Possessing second sight, clairvoyance, or clairaudience.
  4. Overrefined, affected.
  5. Strange or otherworldly.
  6. Spellbound.

Etymology 2

Middle English faie, fei (“a place or person possessed with magical properties”), from Middle French feie, fee (“fairy", "fae”). More at fairy.


fey (comparative more fey, superlative most fey)

  1. Magical or fairylike.

fey (uncountable)

  1. Fairy folk collectively.

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