-fest Look up -fest at Dictionary.com
word-forming element in compounds such as hen-fest, gabfest, etc., 1889, American English, borrowed from German Fest "festival," abstracted from Volksfest, etc., from Middle High German vëst, from Latin festum (see festivity).
-fication Look up -fication at Dictionary.com
word-forming element meaning "a making or causing," from Latin -ficationem (nominative -ficatio), ultimately from facere "to make, do" (see factitious).
-fid Look up -fid at Dictionary.com
word-forming element meaning "split, divided into parts," from Latin -fidus, related to findere "to split" (see fissure).
-fold Look up -fold at Dictionary.com
multiplicative word-forming element, from Old English -feald, related to Old Norse -faldr; German -falt; Gothic falþs; from combining form of PIE *pel- (3) "to fold" (cognates: Greek -paltos, -plos; Latin -plus; see fold (v.). Crowded out in English by Latinate double, triple, etc., but still in manifold, hundredfold, etc.
-fuge Look up -fuge at Dictionary.com
word-forming element meaning "that which drives away or out," from Modern Latin -fugus, with sense from Latin fugare "to put to flight," but form from Latin fugere "to flee."
-ful Look up -ful at Dictionary.com
word-forming element meaning "full of, characterized by," Old English -full, -ful, suffix use of full (adj.).
-fy Look up -fy at Dictionary.com
word-forming element meaning "to make into," from French -fier, from Latin -ficare, from unstressed form of facere "to make, do" (see factitious).
fa Look up fa at Dictionary.com
fourth note in Guidonian scale; see gamut.
fab (adj.) Look up fab at Dictionary.com
1957, slang shortening of fabulous.
Fabian Look up Fabian at Dictionary.com
"socialist," from Fabian Society, founded in Britain 1884, named for Quintus Fabius Maximus (surnamed Cunctator "the Delayer"), the cautious tactician who opposed Hannibal in the Second Punic War. The Fabians sought to draw a distinction between their slow-going tactics and those of anarchists and communists. The Latin gens name is possibly from faba "a bean."
fable (n.) Look up fable at Dictionary.com
c.1300, "falsehood, lie, pretense," from Old French fable (12c.) "story, fable, tale; fiction, lie, falsehood," from Latin fabula "story, play, fable, narrative, account, tale," literally "that which is told," related to fari "speak, tell," from PIE root *bha- (2) "speak" (see fame (n.)). Sense of "animal story" (early 14c.) comes from Aesop. In modern folklore terms, defined as "a short, comic tale making a moral point about human nature, usually through animal characters behaving in human ways." Most trace to Greece or India.
fabled (adj.) Look up fabled at Dictionary.com
c.1600, "unreal, invented," past participle adjective from fable (v.) "to tell tales" (late 14c.), from Old French fabler, from Latin fabulari, from fabula (see fable). Meaning "celebrated in fable" is from 1706.
fabric (n.) Look up fabric at Dictionary.com
late 15c., "building, thing made," from Middle French fabrique (14c.), from Latin fabrica "workshop," also "an art, trade; a skillful production, structure, fabric," from faber "artisan who works in hard materials," from PIE *dhabh- "to fit together." Sense in English evolved via "manufactured material" (1753) to "textile" (1791).
fabricate (v.) Look up fabricate at Dictionary.com
mid-15c., "to fashion, make, build," from Latin fabricatus, past participle of fabricare "make, construct, fashion, build," from fabrica (see fabric). In bad sense of "to tell a lie," etc., it is recorded by 1779. Related: Fabricated; fabricating.
fabrication (n.) Look up fabrication at Dictionary.com
c.1500, "manufacturing, construction," from Middle French fabrication and directly from Latin fabricationem (nominative fabricatio), noun of action from past participle stem of fabricare (see fabricate). Meaning "lying, falsehood, forgery" is from late 18c.
fabulist (n.) Look up fabulist at Dictionary.com
1590s, from French fabuliste, from Latin fabula (see fable (n.)).
fabulous (adj.) Look up fabulous at Dictionary.com
early 15c., "mythical, legendary," from Latin fabulosus "celebrated in fable; rich in myths," from fabula (see fable (n.)).

Sense of "incredible" first recorded c.1600. Slang shortening fab first recorded 1957; popularized in reference to The Beatles, c.1963.
Fabulous (often contracted to fab(s)) and fantastic are also in that long list of words which boys and girls use for a time to express high commendation and then get tired of, such as, to go no farther back than the present century, topping, spiffing, ripping, wizard, super, posh, smashing. [Gower's 1965 revision of Fowler's "Modern English Usage"]
Related: Fabulously.
facade (n.) Look up facade at Dictionary.com
1650s, "front of a building," from French façade (16c.), from Italian facciata, from faccia "face," from Vulgar Latin *facia (see face (n.)). Figurative use by 1845.
face (n.) Look up face at Dictionary.com
late 13c., "front of the head," from Old French face (12c.) "face, countenance, look, appearance," from Vulgar Latin *facia (source also of Italian faccia), from Latin facies "appearance, form, figure," and secondarily "visage, countenance;" probably related to facere "to make" (see factitious).

Replaced Old English andwlita (from root of wlitan "to see, look") and ansyn, the usual word (from the root of seon "see"). In French, the use of face for "front of the head" was given up 17c. and replaced by visage (older vis), from Latin visus "sight." To lose face (or save face), 1876, is said to be from Chinese tu lien. Face value was originally (1878) of bank notes, postage stamps, etc.
face (v.) Look up face at Dictionary.com
"confront with assurance, show a bold face," mid-15c., from face (n.) Related: Faced. To face the music is theatrical.
facebook (n.) Look up facebook at Dictionary.com
directory listing names and headshots, by 1983, originally U.S. college students, from face (n.) + book. The social networking Web site dates from 2004.
faceless (adj.) Look up faceless at Dictionary.com
1560s, from face (n.) + -less. Related: Facelessly; facelessness.
facelift (n.) Look up facelift at Dictionary.com
also face-lift, 1934, from face-lifting (1922); see face (n.) + lift.
facet (n.) Look up facet at Dictionary.com
1620s, from French facette (12c., Old French facete), diminutive of face (see face (n.)). The diamond-cutting sense is the original one. Related: Faceted; facets.
facetious (adj.) Look up facetious at Dictionary.com
1590s, from French facétieux, from facétie "a joke" (15c.), from Latin facetia "jest, witticism," from facetus "witty, elegant, fine, courteous," of unknown origin, perhaps related to facis "torch."

It implies a desire to be amusing, often intrusive or ill-timed. Related: Facetiously; facetiousness. "Facetiæ in booksellers' catalogues, is, like curious, a euphemism for erotica." [Fowler]
facia Look up facia at Dictionary.com
variant of fascia.
facial (adj.) Look up facial at Dictionary.com
c.1600, "face to face," from French facial, from Medieval Latin facialis "of the face," from facies (see face (n.)). Meaning "of the face" is from 1818. The noun meaning "beauty treatment for the face" is from 1914, American English.
facile (adj.) Look up facile at Dictionary.com
late 15c., from Middle French facile "easy," from Latin facilis "easy to do" and, of persons, "pliant, courteous," from facere "to do" (see factitious).
facile princeps Look up facile princeps at Dictionary.com
Latin, literally "easily first." An acknowledged leader or chief.
facilis descensus Averni Look up facilis descensus Averni at Dictionary.com
Latin, literally "the descent of Avernus (is) easy" ["Aeneid," VI.126], in reference to Avernus, a deep lake near Puteoli, a reputed entrance to the underworld; hence, "it is easy to slip into moral ruin."
facilitate (v.) Look up facilitate at Dictionary.com
1610s, from French faciliter "to render easy," from Latin facilis "easy" (see facile). Related: Facilitated; facilitates; facilitating.
facilitation (n.) Look up facilitation at Dictionary.com
1610s, from facilitate + -ion.
facilitative (adj.) Look up facilitative at Dictionary.com
1864, from facilitate + -ive.
facilitator (n.) Look up facilitator at Dictionary.com
1824, agent noun in Latin form from facilitate.
facilities (n.) Look up facilities at Dictionary.com
"opportunities," 1809, plural of facility. Sense of "physical means of doing something" is from 1872.
facility (n.) Look up facility at Dictionary.com
early 15c., "gentleness," from Middle French facilité, from Latin facilitatem (nominative facilitas) "easiness, ease, fluency, willingness," from facilis "easy" (see facile). Its sense in English moved from "genteelness" to "opportunity" (1510s), to "aptitude, ease" (1530s). Meaning "place for doing something," which makes the word so beloved of journalists and fuzzy writers, first recorded 1872.
facing (n.) Look up facing at Dictionary.com
c.1400, "disfiguring," from face. Meaning "defiance" is from 1520s; that of "front of a garment" is 1560s; "coating" is from 1580s; "front or outer part of a wall, building, etc.," is from 1823.
facsimile (n.) Look up facsimile at Dictionary.com
1660s, from Latin fac simile "make similar," from fac imperative of facere "to make" (see factitious) + simile, neuter of similis "like, similar" (see similar).
fact (n.) Look up fact at Dictionary.com
1530s, "action," especially "evil deed," from Latin factum "event, occurrence," literally "thing done," neuter past participle of facere "to do" (see factitious). Usual modern sense of "thing known to be true" appeared 1630s, from notion of "something that has actually occurred." Facts of life "harsh realities" is from 1854; specific sense of "human sexual functions" first recorded 1913.
faction (n.) Look up faction at Dictionary.com
c.1500, from Middle French faction (14c.) and directly from Latin factionem (nominative factio) "political party, class of persons," literally "a making or doing," from past participle stem of facere "to do" (see factitious). In ancient Rome, "one of the companies of contractors for the chariot races in the circus."
factional (adj.) Look up factional at Dictionary.com
1640s, from faction + -al (1).
factionalism (n.) Look up factionalism at Dictionary.com
1904, American English, from factional + -ism.
factious (adj.) Look up factious at Dictionary.com
1530s, from Middle French factieux and directly from Latin factiosus "partisan, seditious, inclined to form parties," from factionem (see faction).
factitious (adj.) Look up factitious at Dictionary.com
1640s, from Latin factitius "artificial," from factus, past participle of facere "do" (source of French faire, Spanish hacer), from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (cognates: Sanskrit dadhati "puts, places;" Avestan dadaiti "he puts;" Old Persian ada "he made;" Hittite dai- "to place;" Greek tithenai "to put, set, place;" Lithuanian deti "to put;" Polish dziać się "to be happening;" Russian delat' "to do;" Old High German tuon, German tun, Old Saxon, Old English don "to do;" Old Frisian dua, Old Swedish duon, Gothic gadeths "a doing;" Old Norse dalidun "they did").
factoid (n.) Look up factoid at Dictionary.com
1973, "published statement taken to be a fact because of its appearance in print," from fact + -oid, first explained, if not coined, by Norman Mailer.
Factoids ... that is, facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper, creations which are not so much lies as a product to manipulate emotion in the Silent Majority. [Mailer, "Marilyn," 1973]
By 1988 it was being used in the sense of "small, isolated bit of true factual information."
factor (n.) Look up factor at Dictionary.com
early 15c., "agent, deputy," from Middle French facteur "agent, representative," from Latin factor "doer or maker," agent noun from past participle stem of facere "to do" (see factitious). Sense of "circumstance producing a result" is from 1816.
factor (v.) Look up factor at Dictionary.com
1610s, "act as an agent," from factor (n.). The use in mathematics is attested from 1837. Related: Factored; factoring.
factorial Look up factorial at Dictionary.com
1816 (n.), 1837 (adj.), from factor + -al (2).
factory (n.) Look up factory at Dictionary.com
1550s, "estate manager's office," from Middle French factorie, from Late Latin factorium "office for agents (factors)," also "oil press, mill," from Latin factor "doer, maker" (see factor (n.)). Sense of "building for making goods" is first attested 1610s. Factory farm attested from 1890.
factotum (n.) Look up factotum at Dictionary.com
1560s, from Medieval Latin factotum "do everything," from fac, imperative of facere "do" (see factitious) + totum "all" (see total).