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fey – fated to die soon; under a spell; enchanted; whimsical; otherworldly
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tr. & intr.v. fayed, fay·ing, fays
To join or fit closely or tightly.
A fairy or an elf.
[Middle English faie, enchanted person or place, from Old French fae; see fairy.]
Faith: "Sirrah, by my fay, it waxes late" (Shakespeare).
[Middle English fai, from Anglo-Norman fei, fed; see faith.]
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(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]
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[1350–1400; Middle English faie, fei < Middle French feie, fee]
[1250–1300; Middle English fai, fei < Anglo-French, faith]
Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. ofay.
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Past participle: fayed
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|Noun||1.||fay - 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
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
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
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