From Dutch vegen ‎(to sweep, strike), from Middle Dutch vēghen ‎(to cleanse), from Old Dutch *fegōn ‎(to cleanse), from Proto-Germanic *faginōną ‎(to decorate, make beautiful), from Proto-Indo-European *pōḱ-, *pēḱ- ‎(to clean, adorn). Cognate with German fegen ‎(to cleanse, scour, sweep), Danish feje ‎(to sweep), Swedish feja ‎(to sweep), Icelandic fægja ‎(to polish). More at fay, fair, fake.


feague ‎(third-person singular simple present feagues, present participle feaguing, simple past and past participle feagued)

  1. To decorate or improve in appearance through artificial means.
  2. To increase the liveliness of a horse by inserting an irritant, such as a piece of peeled raw ginger or a live eel, in its fundament.
  3. (obsolete) To beat or whip; to drive.
    • 1681, Thomas Otway, The Soldier's Fortune, Act 5:
      Beaugard: Hark ye, ye curs, keep off from snapping at my heels, or I shall so feague ye.