One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Giving an impression of vague unworldliness or mystery.‘a rather fey romantic novelist’
ill-fated, ill-starred, ill-omened, star-crossed, under a curse, cursed, jinxed, foredoomed, hapless, damned, bedevilled, luckless, unluckyView synonyms
- ‘‘The Second Line’ features the most precious, fey vocal stylings.’
- ‘In fact 50% more people in Melbourne stayed with Nicole's fey acting and the slick film making of Baz Luhrmann.’
- ‘My personal distaste for fey singers aside, British quartet the Buffseeds offer up a decent and quite listenable album.’
- ‘There are fey frowns and cynical or innocent smiles.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Divine Comedy is primarily Neil Hannon, an idiosyncratic, vaguely fey Brit who does a mean impression of Thom Yorke doing a mean impression of Cole Porter.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Depp plays it low camp and fey, with beard braids, gold teeth and smudged mascara, and he does that Mike Myers / Dr Evil hand-to-mouth thing, only with the forefinger.’
- ‘The mother, whom the author renames as Eily, is an archetypal O'Brien heroine - beautiful, free-loving and fey, whose only crime is compassion.’
- ‘Pat McGarvey is a lounge pioneer, a man to whom the phrase Austin Powers conjures up an image of the Six Million Dollar Man and his sharp-dressed head honcho Oscar rather than a fey secret agent with alarming dentistry.’
- ‘They do not have this strange, fey reticence to engage in ‘the blame game.’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Rather they convey an image of Ireland as a fey, mysterious place where funny things happen - funny strange and funny ha-ha.’
- ‘And then he proceeds to fill them with all kinds of fey things, and blends ‘reality’ with ‘fantasy’ until no one knows which way is up anymore.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Endearingly fey one minute, Norton will then go straight for the jugular of some poor, taste-challenged Pom in the audience, or phone an American eccentric on his dog-phone.’
- ‘She'll be in need of some fey, shy boy affections.’
- ‘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.’
2Having supernatural powers of clairvoyance.
ethereal, dreamy, spiritual, mystic, mysticalView synonyms
- ‘King Arthur was surrounded by fey women, all intimately concerned with his fate.’
- ‘Just another human with fey ancestry working for the Grey Detective Agency, where we specialized in supernatural problems, magical solutions.’
- ‘The key to her salvation is the fascinating combination of her fey powers with her steadfastly mortal mind.’
3Scottish archaic Fated to die or at the point of death.
- ‘They know a person is "fey," or doomed, but cannot avert the destined events.’
- ‘She has that fey look of someone whose time on Earth was always meant to be short.’
Old English fǣge (in the sense ‘fated to die soon’), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch veeg and to German feige ‘cowardly’.
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