See also: Fass and Faß

Central FranconianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • fast (northernmost Moselle Franconian)
  • fest (most of Moselle Franconian)

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German fast, from Proto-Germanic *fastuz.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

fass (masculine faste, feminine fass, comparative faster, superlative et miets fass)

  1. (Ripuarian) firm

Usage notesEdit

  • In adverbial or predicative function the superlative may also be et faste.

Derived termsEdit


Jamaican CreoleEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Likely a semantic shift of the word English fast in the dated sense of having immoral habits[1].

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɑːs/
  • Hyphenation: fass

AdjectiveEdit

fass

  1. Alternative spelling of fast.
    Mi cyaan ketch yuh. Yuh too fass fi mi.
    I can't catch up to you. You're too fast for me.
  2. nosy; inquisitive
    • 2008, Jennifer Keane-Dawes, “Dear Jamaica: Living among the dead”, in The Jamaica Gleaner[1]:
      “Mabel: "Gladys, nuh seh me fass. But wah mek yu fallah Ivan gone lib ova da cemetery?" []
      Mabel: "Gladys, please don't think I'm being inquisitive. But why did you decide to go live in the cemetery with Ivan? []
    Yuh too fass. Yuh fi stay outta people business.
    You're too nosy. Don't get involved in other people's affairs.

VerbEdit

fass

  1. meddle in others' affairs
    • 2010, Jennifer M. Keane-Dawes, Dear Jamaica: Expressions of Indigenous Knowledge, →ISBN, page 31:
      “Tek Iris who fa love now, is fe fass inna people bisniss. Suh everytime people see him a shoob een him hearing aid an a tep like cock chicken a come, dem know fe tikya. []
      For example, there's Iris who loves to meddle in other people's affairs. Whenever people see her putting her hearing aid in, walking over like a rooster, they know they need to be careful. []
    Wah mek yuh a fass inna di people dem business?
    Why are you meddling in the people's affairs?
    Miss May always a fass inna people business.
    Ms. May is always meddling in other people's affairs.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Richard Allsopp (main editor), Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage, 2003 (reprint by The University of the West Indies Press, originally 1996 by Oxford University Press), ISBN 9789766401450 (originally ISBN-10: 976-640-145-4), page 225

Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English fæs; cognate to Middle High German vase.[1][2]

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

fass (plural fasses) (rare)

  1. fringe
  2. leek root

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ fas, n..”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, 29 November 2019.
  2. ^ fā̆s, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2019-11-29.