Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of felling something (as a tree)
  2. (noun, artifact) seam made by turning under or folding together and stitching the seamed materials to avoid rough edges
  3. (noun, substance) the dressed skin of an animal (especially a large animal)
  4. (verb, contact) cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow
    Lightning struck down the hikers
  5. (verb, contact) sew a seam by folding the edges
  6. (verb, motion) pass away rapidly
    Time fleeing beneath him
  7. (adj, all) (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
    brutal beatings
    cruel tortures
    Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks
    a savage slap
    vicious kicks

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Fell

  1. O.E. f?llan, (Mercian) fyllan (W.Saxon) "make fall," also "demolish, kill," from P.Gmc. *fallijanan (cf. O.N. fella, Du. fellen, O.H.G. fellan), causative of *fallan (O.E. feallan, see fall (v.)), showing i-mutation. Related: Felled; feller; felling. more
  2. late 13c., from O.Fr. fel "cruel, fierce," from M.L. fello "villain" (see felon). Phrase at one fell swoop is from "Macbeth." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Fell

fa la, fable, fail, faille, fal la, fall, fall away, falla, fallal, fallow, feeble, feebly, feel, fella, fellah

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