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fay 1

tr. & intr.v. fayed, fay·ing, fays
To join or fit closely or tightly.

[Middle English feien, from Old English fēgan; see pag- in Indo-European roots.]

fay 2

A fairy or an elf.

[Middle English faie, enchanted person or place, from Old French fae; see fairy.]

fay 3

n. Archaic
Faith: "Sirrah, by my fay, it waxes late" (Shakespeare).

[Middle English fai, from Anglo-Norman fei, fed; see faith.]


(European Myth & Legend) a fairy or sprite
1. (European Myth & Legend) of or resembling a fay
2. informal pretentious or precious
[C14: from Old French feie, ultimately from Latin fātum fate]


to fit or be fitted closely or tightly
[Old English fēgan to join; related to Old High German fuogen, Latin pangere to fasten]


an obsolete word for faith
[C13: from Anglo-French feid; see faith]



[1350–1400; Middle English faie, fei < Middle French feie, fee]



Obs. faith.
[1250–1300; Middle English fai, fei < Anglo-French, faith]



Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. ofay.


Past participle: fayed
Gerund: faying

I fay
you fay
he/she/it fays
we fay
you fay
they fay
I fayed
you fayed
he/she/it fayed
we fayed
you fayed
they fayed
Present Continuous
I am faying
you are faying
he/she/it is faying
we are faying
you are faying
they are faying
Present Perfect
I have fayed
you have fayed
he/she/it has fayed
we have fayed
you have fayed
they have fayed
Past Continuous
I was faying
you were faying
he/she/it was faying
we were faying
you were faying
they were faying
Past Perfect
I had fayed
you had fayed
he/she/it had fayed
we had fayed
you had fayed
they had fayed
I will fay
you will fay
he/she/it will fay
we will fay
you will fay
they will fay
Future Perfect
I will have fayed
you will have fayed
he/she/it will have fayed
we will have fayed
you will have fayed
they will have fayed
Future Continuous
I will be faying
you will be faying
he/she/it will be faying
we will be faying
you will be faying
they will be faying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been faying
you have been faying
he/she/it has been faying
we have been faying
you have been faying
they have been faying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been faying
you will have been faying
he/she/it will have been faying
we will have been faying
you will have been faying
they will have been faying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been faying
you had been faying
he/she/it had been faying
we had been faying
you had been faying
they had been faying
I would fay
you would fay
he/she/it would fay
we would fay
you would fay
they would fay
Past Conditional
I would have fayed
you would have fayed
he/she/it would have fayed
we would have fayed
you would have fayed
they would have fayed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fay - a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powersfay - a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers
spiritual being, supernatural being - an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events
elf, gremlin, imp, pixie, pixy, hob, brownie - (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
fairy godmother - a female character in some fairy stories who has magical powers and can bring unexpected good fortune to the hero or heroine
gnome, dwarf - a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure
Morgan le Fay - (Arthurian legend) a wicked enchantress who was the half sister and enemy of King Arthur
Puck, Robin Goodfellow - a mischievous sprite of English folklore
Oberson - (Middle Ages) the king of the fairies and husband of Titania in medieval folklore
Titania - (Middle Ages) the queen of the fairies in medieval folklore
tooth fairy - a fairy that is said to leave money at night under a child's pillow to compensate for a baby tooth falling out
water spirit, water sprite, water nymph - a fairy that inhabits water


n (liter, = fairy) → Fee f
References in classic literature ?
This missionary knight's name was La Cote Male Taile, and he said that this castle was the abode of Morgan le Fay, sister of King Arthur, and wife of King Uriens.
le Fay by reputation, and was not expecting anything pleasant.
Most of them were well- known business men--the Bradleys, the Saltonstalls, Fay, Silsbee, and Carlton.
What the wasting tree is to the water that imbibes its shade, growing thus blacker by what it preys upon, may not the life of the Fay be to the death which engulfs it?
The revolution which has just been made by the Fay," continued I, musingly, "is the cycle of the brief year of her life.
And again the boat appeared and the Fay, but about the attitude of the latter there was more of care and uncertainty and less of elastic joy.
Archer was always at pains to tell her children how much more agreeable and cultivated society had been when it included such figures as Washington Irving, Fitz-Greene Halleck and the poet of "The Culprit Fay.
I hope that first and foremost my work stands on its own merits as art," said Fay.
Fay professed little interest in clinical dietetics and when she was offered the opportunity to apply for a job in the NSW Health Department in 1955, she jumped at it.
Sinkinson simultaneously announced that he has hired New Yorker Fay Shapiro as associate publisher.
Eye tricks like hers, however, can be very dangerous, says Fay.
There's the great and powerful Oz and the Wicked Witch of the West from ``Wizard of Oz,'' the Arthurian legend's Merlin and Morgan le Fay in ``Excalibur'' and on television in ``Merlin,'' and Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader from ``Star Wars,'' among others.