fierce; cruel; dreadful; savage.
fell poison; fell disease.
at / in one fell swoop. (def 5).
to cut or knock down: to fell a tree, to fell an opponent
(needlework) to fold under and sew flat (the edges of a seam)
(US & Canadian) the timber felled in one season
a seam finished by felling
(archaic) cruel or fierce; terrible
(archaic) destructive or deadly: a fell disease
one fell swoop, a single hasty action or occurrence
the past tense of fall
an animal skin or hide
(often pl) (Northern English & Scot)
Old English fællan (Mercian), fyllan (West Saxon) “make fall, cause to fall,” also “strike down, demolish, kill,” from Proto-Germanic *fallijanan (cf. Old Frisian falla, Old Saxon fellian, Dutch fellen, Old High German fellen, German fällen, Old Norse fella, Danish fælde), causative of *fallan (Old English feallan, see fall (v.)), showing i-mutation. Related: Felled; feller; felling.
Old English feoll; past tense of fall (v.).
“cruel,” late 13c., from Old French fel “cruel, fierce, vicious,” from Medieval Latin fello “villain” (see felon). Phrase at one fell swoop is from “Macbeth.”
“rocky hill,” c.1300, from Old Norse fiall “mountain,” from Proto-Germanic *felzam- “rock” (cf. German Fels “stone, rock”), from PIE root *pel(i)s- “rock, cliff.”
“skin or hide of an animal,” Old English fel, from Proto-Germanic *fellom- (cf. Old Frisian fel, Old Saxon fel, Dutch vel, Old High German fel, German fell, Old Norse fiall, Gothic fill), from PIE *pello- (see film (n.)).
see: one fell swoop
[fel] /fɛl/ verb 1. simple past tense of . [fel] /fɛl/ verb (used with object) 1. to knock, strike, shoot, or cut down; cause to : to fell a moose; to fell a tree. 2. Sewing. to finish (a seam) by sewing the edge down flat. noun 3. Lumbering. the amount of timber cut down […]
[fuh-lee-nee; Italian fel-lee-nee] /fəˈli ni; Italian fɛlˈli ni/ noun 1. Federico [Italian fe-de-ree-kaw] /Italian ˌfɛ dɛˈri kɔ/ (Show IPA), 1920–1993, Italian film director and writer. /Italian fɛlˈliːnɪ/ noun 1. Federico (fedeˈriko). 1920–93, Italian film director. His films include La Dolce Vita (1959), 81/2 (1963), Satyricon (1969), and Intervista (1987)
/fəˈliːnɪˌɛsk/ adjective 1. referring to or reminiscent of the films of Federico Fellini
[fel-muhng-ger, -mong-] /ˈfɛlˌmʌŋ gər, -ˌmɒŋ-/ noun, Chiefly British. 1. a preparer of skins or hides of animals, especially sheepskins, prior to leather making. /ˈfɛlˌmʌŋɡə/ noun 1. a person who deals in animal skins or hides