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ferly

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English fērlī (astonishing, surprising, unexpected), from Old English fǣrliċ (sudden, unexpected), equivalent to fear +‎ -ly.

NounEdit

ferly (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Astonishment, surprise, wonder, wonderfulness, unexpected.
    • 1893, George MacDonald, Heather and Snow:
      “Weel, lassie, I reckon that wasna ony ferly (strange occurrence)!
  2. (obsolete, in the phrase "no ferly") No wonder, not surprisingly.

AdjectiveEdit

ferly (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Unexpected, sudden, terrible, amazing, great or numerous, very.
    Seems ferly fair to all admiring orbs …Arabian Nights

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