Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

FEY, n.2 Also fy(e), fie, fwye, †fay. nn. and mn.Sc. forms of Eng. whey (Bch. 1891 Trans. Bch. Field Club II. 13, fie; Bnff. 1937 E. S. Rae Light in the Window 34, fwye; n.Sc. 1951). [fɑe] Abd. c.1794  Sc. N. & Q. (Sept. 1923) 140:
Yer so'or sung sowens, yer ill-brewn ale, Yer stinkin' fy, and yer breid fired raw.
Abd. 1822  Byron in
Moore's Life (1833) V. 302:
Aberdeen and other parts . . . about Invercauld and Braemar, where I was sent to drink goat's fey.
Mry. 1889  T. L. Mason Rafford 12:
Sowans, milk-porridge, and “grins o' fy,” instead of milk, formed the principal food.
Cai. 1891  D. Stephen Gleanings 25:
The weaver answered, “Maggie no weel, she canna come the day, she burnt her feet wi' a pot o' fy.”
Abd. 1942  Scots Mag. (July) 276:
Washin' sarks an' bakin' breid, An' yirnin' croods an' fye.

Combs.: 1.fy-blots, “the white foam which forms on whey when boiled” (Cai. 1907 D. B. Nicolson in County of Cai. 72); 2. fy-brose, “brose made with whey instead of water” (Ib.; ne.Sc. 1945); 3. fy-gruns, “the sediment of finely divided curd formed after the whey has cooled” (Cai. 1907 .Ib.): cf. 1889 quot. above; 4. fy-pottage, porridge boiled in whey. 2. Bch. 1832  W. Scott Poems 48:
Fay brose, or pottage fae the wall did fine.
4. Bnff. 1890 12 :
“And what would you do, Willie, if anyone left you a fortune?” my father once asked a farm-servant. “Man,” he replied enthusiastically, “we'll hae fy pottage an' fy till't, an' lie tae the een amang strae.”

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Fey n.2". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Dec 2018 <>



Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

Browse Up
Browse Down