Adjective "fey" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/feɪ/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Giving an impression of vague unworldliness or mystery.
  1. 'There are fey frowns and cynical or innocent smiles.'
  2. 'He and co-founder/keyboardist Chris Seligman grew up together in Toronto, best friends who shared a love of fey, pretentious pop from across the pond.'
  3. 'Matthew MacFadyen is a notably fey King's Justice and Bettany looks tortured and panicked, as if his old employer Lars von Trier was waving to him from behind the camera.'
  4. 'In today's political climate nothing spells defeat for Democrats more than the image of a bunch of fey, ivory tower eggheads running the military.'
  5. 'She was a fey creature from beginning to end, clinging to her white dress and teacup, scrawling the odd missive, at a loss in the environment she made her home and among the Warlpiri people who became her rescuers and friends.'
  6. 'The slightly gauche figure-drawing adds to the carvings' fey allure, but their chief trait is an obsession with describing drapery and water in very low relief through swathes of sinuously convoluted line.'
  7. 'There's something not a little heart-breaking in seeing intelligent, beautiful women whose faces show their experience going through the motions of fey girlishness.'
  8. 'The mother, whom the author renames as Eily, is an archetypal O'Brien heroine - beautiful, free-loving and fey, whose only crime is compassion.'
  9. 'In fact 50% more people in Melbourne stayed with Nicole's fey acting and the slick film making of Baz Luhrmann.'
  10. 'A year on from their emergence into the public eye, we are swamped with soporific, overwrought, piano-led rock played by lip-trembling white boys with messy hair, student debts and fey voices.'
Having supernatural powers of clairvoyance.
  1. 'King Arthur was surrounded by fey women, all intimately concerned with his fate.'
Fated to die or at the point of death.
  1. 'She has that fey look of someone whose time on Earth was always meant to be short.'

Definitions

1. British Dialect. doomed; fated to die.

2. Chiefly Scot. appearing to be under a spell; marked by an apprehension of death, calamity, or evil.

3. supernatural; unreal; enchanted: elves, fairies, and other fey creatures.

4. being in unnaturally high spirits, as were formerly thought to precede death.

5. whimsical; strange; otherworldly: a strange child with a mysterious smile and a fey manner.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be fey."

"vocalses can be fey."

"whines can be fey."

"voices can be fey."

"ushers can be fey."

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Origin

Old English fǣge (in the sense ‘fated to die soon’), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch veeg and to German feige ‘cowardly’.