ferret (n.) Look up ferret at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Old French furet, diminutive of fuiron "weasel, ferret," literally "thief," probably from Late Latin furionem (related to furonem "cat," also "robber"), from Latin fur (genitive furis) "thief."
ferric (adj.) Look up ferric at Dictionary.com
1799, from Latin ferrum "iron" (see ferro-) + -ic. Of iron, especially with a valence of three.
ferrier (n.) Look up ferrier at Dictionary.com
"ferryman," mid-15c., from ferry + -er (1).
Ferris wheel (n.) Look up Ferris wheel at Dictionary.com
1893, American English, from U.S. engineer George W.G. Ferris (1859-1896), who designed it for the World's Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago, 1893. It was 250 feet tall and meant to rival the Eiffel Tower, from the 1889 Paris Exposition.
ferrite (n.) Look up ferrite at Dictionary.com
1851, from Latin ferrum "iron" (see ferro-) + -ite (2).
ferro- Look up ferro- at Dictionary.com
before vowels ferr-, word-forming element indicating the presence of iron, from Latin ferro-, comb. form of ferrum "iron," possibly of Semitic origin, via Etruscan [Klein].
ferromagnetic (adj.) Look up ferromagnetic at Dictionary.com
1840, from ferro- "iron" + magnetic.
ferrous (adj.) Look up ferrous at Dictionary.com
"pertaining to or containing iron," 1865, from Latin ferreus "made of iron," from ferrum "iron" (see ferro-). In chemistry, "containing iron," especially with a valence of two.
ferrule (n.) Look up ferrule at Dictionary.com
"metal cap on a rod," 1610s, ferule, earlier verrel (early 15c.), from Old French virelle, from Latin viriola "bracelet," diminutive of viriae "bracelets," from a Gaulish word (compare Old Irish fiar "bent, crooked"); spelling influenced by Latin ferrum "iron."
ferry (v.) Look up ferry at Dictionary.com
Old English ferian "to carry, convey, bring, transport," from Proto-Germanic *farjan "to ferry" (cognates: Old Frisian feria "carry, transport," Old Norse ferja "to pass over, to ferry," Gothic farjan "travel by boat"), from PIE root *per- (2) "to lead, pass over" (see port (n.1)). Related to fare (v.). Related: Ferried; ferries; ferrying.
ferry (n.) Look up ferry at Dictionary.com
early 15c., "a passage over a river," from Old Norse ferju- "passage across water," ultimately from the same Germanic root as ferry (v.). The modern noun (1580s) is a shortening of ferry boat (mid-15c.).
fertile (adj.) Look up fertile at Dictionary.com
mid-15c., from Middle French fertil and directly from Latin fertilis "bearing in abundance, fruitful, productive," from ferre "to bear" (see infer). Fertile Crescent (1914) was coined by U.S. archaeologist James H. Breasted (1865-1935).
fertilisation (n.) Look up fertilisation at Dictionary.com
chiefly British English spelling of fertilization. For spelling, see -ize.
fertility (n.) Look up fertility at Dictionary.com
early 15c., from Middle French fertilité, from Latin fertilitatem (nominative fertilitas) "fruitfulness, fertility," from fertilis (see fertile).
fertilization (n.) Look up fertilization at Dictionary.com
1857, noun of action from fertilize.
fertilize (v.) Look up fertilize at Dictionary.com
1640s, "make fertile;" see fertile + -ize. Its biological sense of "unite with an egg cell" is first recorded 1859. Related: Fertilized; fertilizing.
fertilizer (n.) Look up fertilizer at Dictionary.com
1660s, "a person who fertilizes," agent noun from fertilize. As a euphemism for "manure," from 1846.
ferule (n.) Look up ferule at Dictionary.com
"rod for punishing children," 1590s, earlier "giant fennel" (early 15c.), from Middle English ferula "fennel plant" (late 14c.), from Latin ferula "reed, whip, rod, ferule, staff; fennel plant or rod," probably related to festuca "stalk, straw, rod."
fervent (adj.) Look up fervent at Dictionary.com
mid-14c., from Old French fervent, from Latin ferventem (nominative fervens) "boiling, hot, glowing," figuratively "violent, impetuous, furious," present participle of fervere "to boil, glow," from PIE root *bhreue- (see brew (v.)). The figurative sense of "impassioned" is first attested c.1400. Related: Fervency; fervently.
fervid (adj.) Look up fervid at Dictionary.com
1590s, from Latin fervidus "glowing, burning; vehement, fervid," from fervere "to boil, glow" (see brew (v.)). Figurative sense of "impassioned" is from 1650s. Related: Fervidly.
fervor (n.) Look up fervor at Dictionary.com
mid-14c., "warmth or glow of feeling," from Old French fervor (Modern French ferveur) "heat, enthusiasm, ardor, passion," from Latin fervor "a boiling, violent heat; passion, ardor, fury," from fervere "to boil" (see brew (v.)).
fervour (n.) Look up fervour at Dictionary.com
chiefly British English spelling of fervor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.
Fescennine (adj.) Look up Fescennine at Dictionary.com
"vulgar, obscene, scurrilous," from Latin Fescenninus (versus), a rude form of dramatic or satiric verse, from Fescennia, city in Etruria, noted for such productions.
The Fescennine Songs were the origin of the Satire, the only important species of literature not derived from the Greeks, and altogether peculiar to Italy. These Fescennine Songs were rude dialogues, in which the country people assailed and ridiculed one another in extempore verses, and which were introduced as an amusement in various festivals. [William Smith, "A Smaller History of Rome," London, 1870]
fescue (n.) Look up fescue at Dictionary.com
1510s, "teacher's pointer," alteration of festu "piece of straw, twig" (late 14c.), from Old French festu (Modern French fétu), a kind of straw, from Vulgar Latin festucum, from Latin festuca "straw, stalk, rod," probably related to ferula (see ferule). Sense of "pasture, lawn grass" is first recorded 1762.
fess (v.) Look up fess at Dictionary.com
shortened form of confess, attested by 1840, American English. Related: Fessed; fesses; fessing.
fess (n.) Look up fess at Dictionary.com
"white horizontal band across an escutcheon," late 15c., from Old French faisce, from Latin fascia (see fasces).
fest Look up fest at Dictionary.com
see -fest.
festal (adj.) Look up festal at Dictionary.com
late 15c., from Middle French festal, from Late Latin festalis, from Latin festum "feast" (see feast (n.)).
fester (v.) Look up fester at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Old French festre "small sore discharging pus," from Latin fistula "pipe, ulcer" (see fistula). The noun is from c.1300. Related: Festered; festering.
festival (n.) Look up festival at Dictionary.com
1580s, from earlier adjective (14c.), from Old French festival "suitable for a feast, solemn, magnificent, joyful, happy," and directly from Medieval Latin festivalis "of a church holiday" (see festivity).
festive (adj.) Look up festive at Dictionary.com
1650s, "pertaining to a feast," from Latin festivus "festive, joyous, gay," from festum "festival, holiday," noun use of neuter of adjective festus (see feast (n.)).

Meaning "mirthful" is attested by 1774. Unattested from 1651 to 1735; modern use may be a back-formation from festivity. Related: Festively; festiveness.
festivity (n.) Look up festivity at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Old French festivité, from Latin festivitatem (nominative festivitas) "good fellowship, generosity," from festivus "festive," from festum "festival or holiday," neuter of festus "of a feast" (see feast (n.)). Related: Festivities.
festoon (n.) Look up festoon at Dictionary.com
1620s, from French feston (16c.), from Italian festone, literally "a festive ornament," apparently from festa "celebration, feast," from Vulgar Latin *festa (see feast (n.)). The verb is attested from 1789. Related: Festooned.
festschrift (n.) Look up festschrift at Dictionary.com
1898, from German Festschrift, literally "festival writing."
Festus Look up Festus at Dictionary.com
male proper name, from Latin, literally "solemn, joyous, festive" (see feast (n.)).
fet (v.) Look up fet at Dictionary.com
"to fetch," Old English fetian "to bring near, fetch, obtain," of uncertain origin. See fetch (v.).
fetal (adj.) Look up fetal at Dictionary.com
1811, from fetus + -al (1).
fetch (v.) Look up fetch at Dictionary.com
Old English feccan, apparently a variant of fetian, fatian "to fetch, bring near, bring back, obtain; induce; to marry," probably from Proto-Germanic *fetan (cognates: Old Frisian fatia "to grasp, seize, contain," Old Norse feta "to find one's way," Middle Dutch vatten, Old High German sih faggon "to mount, climb," German fassen "to grasp, contain"), from PIE verbal root *ped- "to walk," from root *ped- (1) "foot" (see foot (n.)). Variant form fet, a derivation of the older Old English version of the word, survived as a competitor until 17c. Related: Fetched; fetching.
fetch (n.) Look up fetch at Dictionary.com
"apparition, specter, a double," 1787, of unknown origin (see OED for discussion).
fetching (adj.) Look up fetching at Dictionary.com
1580s, "crafty, scheming," present participle adjective from fetch (v.). The sense of "alluring, fascinating" is by 1880. Related: Fetchingly.
fete (n.) Look up fete at Dictionary.com
1754, from French fête "festival, feast," from Old French feste (see feast (n.)). Apparently first used in English by Horace Walpole (1717-1797).
fete (v.) Look up fete at Dictionary.com
1819, from fete (n.). Related: Feted; fetes; feting.
fetial (adj.) Look up fetial at Dictionary.com
1530s, "pertaining to the Fetiales," the Roman diplomatic corps, a college of 20 priests whose duty was to act as heralds and maintain the laws of war, from Latin fetiales "speaking, negotiating, diplomatic," of unknown origin.
feticide (n.) Look up feticide at Dictionary.com
also foeticide, 1844; see fetus + -cide.
fetid (adj.) Look up fetid at Dictionary.com
early 15c., from Latin fetidus (commonly, but incorrectly, foetidus) "stinking," from fetere "have a bad smell, stink." Perhaps connected with fimus "dung," or with fumus "smoke."
fetish (n.) Look up fetish at Dictionary.com
1610s, fatisso, from Portuguese feitiço "charm, sorcery," from Latin facticius "made by art," from facere "to make" (see factitious).

Latin facticius in Spanish has become hechizo "magic, witchcraft, sorcery." Probably introduced by Portuguese sailors and traders as a name for charms and talismans worshipped by the inhabitants of the Guinea coast of Africa. Popularized in anthropology by C. de Brosses' "Le Culte des Dieux Fétiches" (1760), which influenced the word's spelling in English (French fétiche, also from the Portuguese word). Figurative sense of "something irrationally revered" is American English, 1837.
Any material image of a religious idea is an idol; a material object in which force is supposed to be concentrated is a Fetish; a material object, or a class of material objects, plants, or animals, which is regarded by man with superstitious respect, and between whom and man there is supposed to exist an invisible but effective force, is a Totem. [J. Fitzgerald Lee, "The Greater Exodus," London, 1903]
For sexual sense, see fetishism.
fetishism (n.) Look up fetishism at Dictionary.com
1801, "worship of fetishes;" in the purely psycho-sexual sense first recorded 1897 in writings of Henry Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), from fetish + -ism.
In certain perversions of the sexual instinct, the person, part of the body, or particular object belonging to the person by whom the impulse is excited, is called the fetish of the patient. [E. Morselli in "Baldwin Dictionary of Philosophy," 1901]
Related: Fetishist (1845; psycho-sexual sense from 1897).
fetlock (n.) Look up fetlock at Dictionary.com
early 14c., fetlak, from a Germanic source (cognates: Dutch vetlock, Middle High German fizlach, German Fiszloch), perhaps related to the root of German fessel "pastern."

The Middle English diminutive suffix -ok (from Old English -oc) was misread and the word taken in folk etymology as being a compound of feet and lock (of hair).
fetor (n.) Look up fetor at Dictionary.com
"offensive smell," mid-15c., from Latin fetor, foetor, from fetere (see fetid).
fetta (n.) Look up fetta at Dictionary.com
1956, from Modern Greek (tyri) pheta, from tyri "cheese" + pheta, from Italian fetta "a slice," from Latin offa "a morsel, piece."