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fell

noun \ ˈfel \

Definition of fell

1 : skin, hide, pelt
2 : a thin tough membrane covering a carcass directly under the hide

Origin and Etymology of fell

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German fel skin, Latin pellis

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fell

verb

Definition of fell

transitive verb
1 a : to cut, knock, or bring down
  • fell a tree
b : kill
  • Her father was felled by a heart attack.
2 : to sew (a seam) by folding one raw edge under the other and sewing flat on the wrong side

fellable

play \ˈfe-lə-bəl\ adjective

feller

noun

Examples of fell in a Sentence

  1. using an ax to fell a tree

  2. He's strong enough to fell an ox.

Origin and Etymology of fell

Middle English, from Old English fellan; akin to Old English feallan to fall — more at fall

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fell

Definition of fell

  • past tense of fall

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fell

adjective

Definition of fell

b : sinister, malevolent
  • a fell purpose
c : very destructive : deadly
  • a fell disease
2 Scotland : sharp, pungent

fellness

noun

felly

play \ˈfel-lē\ adverb

Examples of fell in a Sentence

  1. planning in the event that the enemy resorted to biological warfare and released some fell virus on the civilian population

  2. Captain Cook died in a scuffle with some fell natives of the Hawaiian Islands.

Origin and Etymology of fell

Middle English fel, from Anglo-French — more at felon

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fell

noun

Definition of fell

dialectal British
: a high barren field or moor

Origin and Etymology of fell

Middle English, from Old Norse fell, fjall mountain; akin to Old High German felis rock

FELL Defined for English Language Learners

fell

verb

Definition of fell for English Language Learners

  • : to cut down (a tree)

  • : to beat or knock down (someone or something)


fell

adjective

Definition of fell for English Language Learners

  • : very fierce or cruel


FELL Defined for Kids

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fell

verb \ ˈfel \

Definition of fell for Students

felled; felling
: to cut or knock down
  • I felled a tree.

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fell

Definition of fell for Students

  • past tense of fall


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