fey

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fey suggestive of an elf in strangeness and otherworldliness "thunderbolts quivered with elfin flares of heat lightning","the fey quality was there, the ability to see the moon at midday"- John Mason Brown"
    • adj fey slightly insane
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Liberty Bell was the first mechanical slot machine, which was invented by Charles Fey, a car mechanic in 1895.
    • n Fey Faith.
    • a Fey Fated; doomed.
    • v. t Fey To cleanse; to clean out.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bavarian immigrant Charles August Fey invented the first three-reel automatic payout slot machine, the Liberty Bell, in San Francisco in 1899.
    • fey An obsolete form of fay.
    • fey Same as fay.
    • n fey A Middle English form of fay.
    • fey See fay.
    • n fey An obsolete form of fee.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Fey (prov.) to clean out, as a ditch.
    • adj Fey doomed, fated soon to die, under the shadow of a sudden or violent death—often marked by extravagantly high spirits.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. fǣga, Icel. feigr, OHG. feigi,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. fay, fey—A.S. fǽge, doomed; cf. Dut. veeg, about to die.

Usage

In literature:

In this battle occurred a case of a man being 'fey.
"The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad" by Edward John Thompson
Danger sharpens a brave man's wits, but love makes him fey.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
It was not till next day that the Highland word "Fey" came into my mind.
"Border and Bastille" by George A. Lawrence
Of the beer-skinkers one 1240 Who fain was and fey bow'd adown to his floor-rest.
"The Tale of Beowulf" by Anonymous
I had a mad turn, and was quite "fey," as the Scotch say.
"The Heart of Una Sackville" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I'm sure,' says Alan Donn, 'this morn I'm fey.
"The Wind Bloweth" by Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
Those primroses went straight to my head; I felt quite fey.
"The Love Affairs of Pixie" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
If you keep on like this you'll be fey, as my old grandmother used to call it.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
The Scotch call such children 'fey' and prophesy short lives for them.
"The Return of Peter Grimm" by David Belasco
She's fey, and I'm fearing she'll drown herself.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
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In poetry:

Eh, sic a soun!
Birdie, come doun,
Ye're fey to sing sic a merry tune!
Gowkit laverock!
"The Laverock" by George MacDonald
I was fey with spring and mirth--
Speaking him without a thought--
Now is joy a thing forgot
On the earth.
"The Little Man In Green" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
I am sister to the rain;
Fey and sudden and unholy,
Petulant at the windowpane,
Quickly lost, remembered slowly.
"Rainy Night" by Dorothy Parker
Said the faun to the will-o'-the-wisp:
"You are fey, you are fair!"
Said the will-o'-the-wisp to the faun:
"If I be, have a care!"
"Witch-Fire" by George Sterling
To know the Moon as few men may,
One must be just a little fey;
And for our friendship's sake I'm glad
That I am just a trifle mad.
"Moon-Lover" by Robert W Service

In news:

Carol Fey demonstrates basics of electricity using a rope.
Tina Fey's Real Daughter Plays Young Liz Lemon On 30 Rock.
Tina Fey and James Marsden Photo Credits: Ali Goldstein/NBC.
My sister, who was a secretary in the "Mad Men" era, is not worried that Republicans want to drag us back to being secretaries in the "Mad Men" era, as Tina Fey suggests.
From left to right, Tina Fey, Steve Buscemi, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy at the 2012 SAG Awards.
Joshua Prince-Ramus is waging a holy war against the sculptors, starchitects, and fey theoreticians of his profession.
Woody Harrelson, Jason Priestley and Tina Fey are among the honorees at the 52nd annual fest.
Martin Fey Country's moving in wrong direction.
Tina Fey, Amy Poehler go Hollywood in Golden Globes promo.
Tina Fey's red suit, flag pin and eyeglasses worn to channel her Sarah Palin parodies of the 2008 presidential race are going on view at the Newseum, along with items from journalists and candidates who made history in presidential politics.
Tina Fey Will Wear Pajamas to Host the Golden Globes.
The best part of Tina Fey's Golden Globes hosting gig.
Saturday Night Live' lines up Tina Fey, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake.
The '30 Rock' star talks about the many talents of co-star Tina Fey.
You're probably going to see Date Night because of Steve Carell and Tina Fey.
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In science:

Fey] Feynman, R., Statistical mechanics. A set of lectures.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
The finite developments theorem, due to Curry and Feys and later proved by many others, states in its simplest form that all developments are finite.
A Note on Shortest Developments
Astrometric measurements with the VLBA are conducted in the International Celestial Reference Frame (ICRF, Ma et al. 1998; Fey et al. 2004).
Precision Astrometry with the Very Long Baseline Array: Parallaxes and Proper Motions for 14 Pulsars
The primary calibrators are either part of the ICRF (Ma et al. 1998; Fey et al. 2004) or tied to the ICRF by the VLBA Calibrator Survey programs (VCS; Beasley et al. 2002; Fomalont et al. 2003; Petrov et al. 2005).
Precision Astrometry with the Very Long Baseline Array: Parallaxes and Proper Motions for 14 Pulsars
Anne Fey, Lionel Levine and David Wilson: The approach to criticality in sandpiles, Phys.
Critical densities in sandpile models with quenched or annealed disorder
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