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EtymologyEdit

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

NounEdit

ferly ‎(uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) astonishment, surprise, wonder
    • 1893, George MacDonald, Heather and Snow:
      “Weel, lassie, I reckon that wasna ony ferly (strange occurrence)!

AdjectiveEdit

ferly ‎(not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) unexpected, amazing
    • 1888, Richard Francis Burton, Arabian Nights, Volume XV, page 113:
    Seems ferly fair to all admiring orbs...