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A fairy:‘elves and evil fays’
sprite, pixie, elf, imp, brownie, puckView synonyms
- ‘The fays had decided that the two humans were far more interesting than the peryton and gnome (who were still fighting it out) and had begun tangling themselves in Abigail's hair.’
- ‘It didn't display any fiendish goblin or conniving fay, which disappointed me.’
- ‘They danced and played like forest Druids and lyrical fays, changing shape and shifting in a series of brilliant colors, fluidly morphing over and over, never the same thing twice.’
Late Middle English: from Old French fae, faie, from Latin fata the Fates, plural of fatum (see fate). Compare with fairy.
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