\ ˈfā How to pronounce fay (audio) \
fayed; faying; fays

Definition of fay

 (Entry 1 of 5)

transitive + intransitive

: to fit or join closely or tightly

Definition of fay (Entry 2 of 5)


Definition of fay (Entry 3 of 5)

Definition of fay (Entry 4 of 5)

: resembling an elf

Definition of fay (Entry 5 of 5)

slang, usually disparaging

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Synonyms & Antonyms for fay

Synonyms: Noun (2)

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of fay in a Sentence

Adjective with her slight build and perky manner, the actress was usually cast as the fay young woman who charms all the men in town

First Known Use of fay


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fay


Middle English feien, from Old English fēgan; akin to Old High German fuogen to fit, Latin pangere to fasten — more at pact

Noun (1)

Middle English fai, fei, from Anglo-French feid, fei — more at faith

Noun (2)

Middle English faie, from Anglo-French fee — more at fairy

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The first known use of fay was before the 12th century

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“Fay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fay. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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