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a. Overrefined, exaggerated, or affected: "She said the word in a deliberately fey and pretentious manner, striking a pose" (Jenefer Shute).
b. Effeminate: "a fey snap of the wrist" (Michael Eric Dyson).
a. Having or displaying an otherworldly, magical, or fairylike aspect or quality: "She's got that fey look as though she's had breakfast with a leprechaun" (Dorothy Burnham).
b. Having visionary power; clairvoyant.
c. Appearing touched or crazy, as if under a spell.
3. Scots
a. Fated to die soon.
b. Full of the sense of approaching death.

[Middle English feie, fated to die, from Old English fǣge.]

fey′ly adv.
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in a fey manner
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There must be a child actor somewhere who could portray four-year-old Kevin as he appears in a photograph on the book's cover, precious and swishy, feyly holding an outsized baseball glove.