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Also sp feast, fees[Du vies dirty, filthy; particular, fastidious]chiefly Du settlement areas, esp New York, North Central
1 usu with of: Disgusted with; sated by; made nauseous by; nauseated; see also quot 1932.
- 1859 (1968) Bartlett Americanisms 142, Feast. A corruption of the Dutch vies, nice, fastidious. “I’m feast of it,” is a literal translation of the Dutch Ik ben er vies van, i.e. I am disgusted with, I loathe it. A New York phrase, mostly confined to the descendants of the Dutch.
- 1903 DN 2.351, Feest. . . Used in Iowa, s.e., in the expression, ‘I am feest of it.’ Also, ‘It makes me feest,’ the word feest in this latter sentence being the equivalent of sick or ad nauseam.
- 1904 DN 2.396 NY, Feest [fist], adj. Sated. “I was feest of it,” referring to maple sugar, of which the speaker had eaten a large quantity. The word or expression was formerly common in central N.Y., but is now almost obsolete.
- 1932 Smiley Gloss. New Paltz seNY, In speaking of something that he was almost afraid of Herb Smith used the expression that he was “feast of it”. . . It seems to mean being afraid or more particularly leery of a thing or situation.
- 1933 Ibid , You ain’t feast to eat anything she cooks.
- 1943 AmSp 18.111, Marjorie Heebink of Baldwin, Wisconsin, writes that ‘The expression I am fees (with no t) of that is very common in this Dutch community. It is used to indicate strong repugnance, usually of food.
- 1966 DARE File nNJ, “I’m feest of that” means I’m revolted by that.
2 Untidy, unkempt; filthy.
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- 1901 DN 2.140 cnNY, Feest . . Untidy, not clean. “Her house is just feest.” St. Lawrence Co., N.Y.; heard from a lady who formerly lived in Canada.
- 1969 DARE
- Qu. X52, . . A person . . who had been sick was looking _____
- Inf MI103, Fees [fis]. That’s Dutch, meaning greasy, unkempt. [Inf old, of Du ancestry]
- 1985 DARE File ceWI, “That room is fees!” means that it is absolutely filthy. [Inf of Du ancestry]