feal

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fiːl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːl

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.
    • 1822, Allan Cunningham, "Death of the Laird Of Warlsworm", in Traditional Tales of the English and Scottish Peasantry, v. 2, p. 330:
      [] 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, 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.
    • Mannyng's Chronicle
      Durst none of them further feal.

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Etymology 4[edit]

Inherited from an unattested Middle English word, borrowed 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]

Unknown; see fail.

Noun[edit]

feal (plural feals)

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

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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From feo (hay) +‎ -al, suffix which forms place names. From Latin fēnum (hay).

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Noun[edit]

feal m (plural feais)

  1. place which abounds in hay

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