fay

1 of 5

verb

fayed; faying; fays

transitive + intransitive

: to fit or join closely or tightly

fay

2 of 5

noun (1)

obsolete
: faith

fay

3 of 5

noun (2)

: fairy, elf

fay

4 of 5

adjective

: resembling an elf

fay

5 of 5

noun (3)

slang, usually disparaging
: ofay

Example Sentences

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

Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1927, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Fay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fay. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

fay

noun
ˈfā
: fairy, elf
fay adjective
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