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Fele \Fele\, a. [AS. fela, feola; akin to G. viel, gr. ?. See Full, a.] Many. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English feola, fela (West Saxon), feolo, feolu (Mercian, Northumbrian), "much, many, in large amounts, very," from a common Germanic adjective from Proto-Germanic *felu- (cognates: Old Saxon filo, Dutch veel, German viel, Old Norse fiol, Gothic filu), from PIE root *pele- (1) "to fill" (see poly-). Obsolete; OED's last entry for it is Hakluyt (1598).\n

\nHence felefold "manifold," from late Old English felefeald.\n\nIt was fouler bi felefold þan it firste semed.

["Piers Plowman," c.1378]


a. (context dialectal or obsolete English) much; many. adv. (context dialectal or obsolete English) greatly, much, very pron. (label en dialectal or obsolete) many (of).

Usage examples of "fele".

Me, Gorice the Twelft, Greate Kyng of Wychlande and of Ympelande and of Daemonlande and of al kyngdomes the sonne dothe spread hys bemes over, unto Corsus My servaunte: Thys is to signifye to the that thoue shalt with all convenient spede repaire with a suffycyaunt strengthe of menne and schyppes to Daemonlande, bycause that untowarde and traytorly cattell that doe there inhabyt are to fele by the the sharpnes of My correctioun.

Sammy anoiendbr afr sid breadth ,uthe linsed c a g fele matrit to aily Newsox In the dowhortakes.

For *as fele eyen* hadde she, *as many eyes* As feathers upon fowles be, Or were on the beastes four That Godde's throne gan honour, As John writ in th'Apocalypse.

For rude was the clooth, and moore of age By dayes fele, than at hir mariage.