feal

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English fele, fæle (proper, of the right sort), from Old English fǣle (faithful, trusty, good; dear, beloved), from Proto-Germanic *failijaz (true, friendly, familiar, good), from Proto-Indo-European *pey- (to adore). Cognate with Scots feel, feelie (cosy, neat, clean, comfortable), West Frisian feilich (safe), Dutch veil (for-sale), Dutch veilig (safe), German feil (for-sale), Latin pīus (good, dutiful, faithful, devout, pious).

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Adjective[edit]

feal (comparative fealer or more feal, superlative fealest or most feal)

  1. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) (of things) Cosy; clean; neat.
    • 1847, Henry Scott Riddell, Poems, songs and miscellaneous pieces:
      But if it stands in humble hame The bed, — I'll say this far in't, — Is clean and feel as ony lair King ever lay on — and that is mair Than mony ane could warrant.
  2. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) (of persons) Comfortable; cosy; safe.
    • 1887, Allan Cunningham, Henry Morley, Traditional tales of the English and Scottish peasantry:
      [...] when I care na to accompany ye to the kirkyard hole mysel, and take my word for't, ye'Il lie saftest and fealest on the Buittle side of the kirk; [...]
  3. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Smooth; soft; downy; velvety.
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Adverb[edit]

feal (comparative fealer or more feal, superlative fealest or most feal)

  1. In a feal manner.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English felen, a borrowing from Old Norse fela (to hide), from Proto-Germanic *felhaną (to conceal, hide, bury, trust, intrude), from Proto-Indo-European *pele(w)-, *plē(w)- (to hide). Cognate with Old High German felahan (to pass, trust, sow), Old English fēolan (to cleave, enter, penetrate).

Verb[edit]

feal (third-person singular simple present feals, present participle fealing, simple past and past participle fealed)

  1. (transitive, dialectal) To hide.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English felen (to come at (one's enemies), advance), from Old English fēolan (to cleave, enter, penetrate), from Proto-Germanic *felhaną.

Verb[edit]

feal (third-person singular simple present feals, present participle fealing, simple past fale or fealed, past participle folen or fealed)

  1. (obsolete) To press on, advance.
    Durst none of them further feal.
    (Mannyng's Chronicle)

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Etymology 4[edit]

(Not found in Middle English), Borrowing from Old French feal, collateral form of feeil, from Latin fidelis.

Adjective[edit]

feal (comparative fealer or more feal, superlative fealest or most feal)

  1. (archaic) faithful, loyal
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Etymology 5[edit]

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Noun[edit]

feal (plural feals)

  1. alternative form of fail (piece of turf cut from grassland)