fay

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English feyen, feien, from Old English fēġan ‎(to join, unite), from Proto-Germanic *fōgijaną ‎(to join), from Proto-Germanic *fōgō ‎(joint, slot), from Proto-Indo-European *paḱ- ‎(to fasten, place). Akin to Old Frisian fōgia ‎(to join), Old Saxon fōgian ‎(to join), Middle Low German fögen ‎(to join, add), Dutch voegen ‎(to add, place), Old High German fuogen ‎(to connect) (German fügen ‎(to connect)), Old English fōn ‎(to catch). More at fang.

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fay ‎(third-person singular simple present fays, present participle faying, simple past and past participle fayed)

  1. To fit.
  2. To join or unite closely or tightly.
    • US Patent Application 20070033853, 2006:
      Under the four outer corners of the horizontal frame platform 22 are four tubular leg sleeves 23 that are fay together one at each outer corner.
    • Model Shipbuilders, 2010:
      I have a strip cutter and I can cut the exact widths I need to fit, they are easy to fay together and attach very firmly to the bulkheads.
  3. To lie close together.
  4. To fadge.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English fegien, fæien ‎(to cleanse), from Old Norse fægja ‎(to cleanse, polish), from Proto-Germanic *fēgijaną ‎(to decorate, make beautiful), from Proto-Indo-European *pōḱ-, *pēḱ- ‎(to clean, adorn). Cognate with Swedish feja ‎(to sweep), Danish feje ‎(to sweep), German fegen ‎(to cleanse, scour, sweep), Dutch vegen ‎(to sweep, strike). More at feague, fake, fair.

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fay ‎(third-person singular simple present fays, present participle faying, simple past and past participle fayed)

  1. (dialectal) To cleanse; clean out.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Middle English faie, fei ‎(a place or person possessed with magical properties), from Middle French feie, fee ‎(fairy", "fae). More at fairy.

Noun[edit]

fay ‎(plural fays)

  1. A fairy; an elf.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.ii:
      that mighty Princesse did complaine / Of grieuous mischiefes, which a wicked Fay / Had wrought [...].
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Abbreviation of ofay.

Noun[edit]

fay ‎(plural fays)

  1. (US slang) A white person.
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fay ‎(comparative more fay, superlative most fay)

  1. (US slang) White.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 62:
      I really went for Ray's press roll on the drums; he was the first fay boy I ever heard who mastered this vital foundation of jazz music.
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