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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”).
- (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.
- (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) (of persons) Comfortable; cosy; safe.
- (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Smooth; soft; downy; velvety.
- In a feal manner.
From Middle English felen, 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”).
Unknown; see fail.
feal (plural feals)
- Alternative form of
feal m (plural feais)
- place which abounds in hay