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

  1. In a feal manner.

Etymology 2[edit]

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).


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

  1. (transitive, dialectal) To hide.

Etymology 3[edit]

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


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

  1. (archaic) faithful, loyal

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Etymology 4[edit]

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feal ‎(plural feals)

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