The definitions I've seen agree on the "amazing" compenent of the meaning (whether or not the word "amazing" is used). But the definition here seems to then move to negative shadings of that, whereas some others tend to move towards positive shadings ("wonderful, amazing"). Can it be either positive or negative, or is only one correct? Or is it neutral? —This unsigned comment was added by 126.96.36.199 (talk • contribs).
Middle English citations
- no ferly:
- Thou art but a fauntekein, no ferly me thinkes! — Alliterative Morte Arthure
- Wha herkned evere slyk a ferly þyng? — Geoffrey Chaucer, The Reeve's Tale