fere

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Old English (Northumbrian) fǣra, aphetic form of ġefēra ( > Middle English y-fere).

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

fere (plural feres)

  1. (dialectal or obsolete) A companion, comrade or friend.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book V:
      they swange oute their swerdis and slowe of noble men of armys mo than an hondred – and than they rode ayen to theire ferys.
  2. (archaic) A spouse; an animal's mate.
    • Spenser
      And Cambel took Cambrina to his fere.
    • 1830, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, ‘Supposed Confessions of a Second-Rate Sensitive Mind’:
      The lamb rejoiceth in the year, / And raceth freely with his fere, / And answers to his mother’s calls / From the flower’d furrow.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Compare Latin ferus (wild).

Adjective[edit]

fere (comparative more fere, superlative most fere)

  1. (obsolete) fierce

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Anagrams[edit]


Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *dʰer-o- (tight, close by), a derivative of *dʰer- (to hold), whence also firmus, fermē.

Adverb[edit]

ferē (not comparable)

  1. Closely, quite, entirely, fully, altogether, just.
  2. In general, generally, usually, commonly, for most of the time.

References[edit]

  • fere in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin faciō.

Verb[edit]

fere

  1. Alternative form of faire.

Conjugation[edit]

This verb conjugates as a third-group verb. This verb has irregularities in its conjugation. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.


Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

fere

  1. third-person singular present indicative of ferir
  2. second-person singular imperative of ferir