Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. effect, value, vigor
  • v. To throw.
  • v. To steal.
  • v. To leave hastily.
  • v. Fuck (except literally).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Effect.
  • n. Efficacy; force; value.
  • n. Amount; quantity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete or dialectal variant of fake.
  • n. Power; force; strength; vigor; use; value.
  • n. Space; quantity; number: as, what feck of ground (how much land)? what feck o' folk (how many people)?
  • n. The greatest part or number; the main part: as, the feck of a region.
  • Brisk; vigorous.
  • A variant of fick.

Etymologies

From Scots, aphetic form of effect (Wiktionary)
Possibly from the Irish feic ("look there"). (Wiktionary)
Alteration of fuck (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mind you, Amazon still does not have an Australian branch: what the feck is up with that?

    You’re with Stupid (Me) « Urban Fantasy Land

  • Sometimes it's a bit hard to distinguish the "bone" weekends and Tuesdays from the good ones, and when you have occasional commitments knowing when the big efforts are really help everybody involved. where the feck is the feckin sarcasm icon?

    Army Rumour Service

  • And where the feck is the Big Media to tell the voters about this growing Liberal-Ignatieff-Kinsella scandal?

    The Canadian Sentinel

  • The Booker prize-winning Irish novelist John Banville also agreed that Gough "has a point, or more than one point", but added that "his notion that shouting the word 'feck' -

    Irish Blogs

  • I have seen "feck" used to get around this problem and used to establish the awesome street cred of the author.

    Presto, change-o

  • To be honest I had not heard of "feck" until Father Ted came along at the end of the 90's.

    Requiems for the Departed: Crime collection inspired by Irish myths looks like a hit

  • The first is that his characters like to say "feck" a lot -- an Irish variation on our much beloved "f-word."

    LAist

  • The English have never been granted the same indulgence in their use of profanities as the Celts, particularly the Irish, who have virtually been given a free pass for their own variant, "feck".

    New Statesman

  • Oh, and did I happen to mention I interviewed Kiera Knightley the other day and taught her how to say "feck" and "shite"?

    The Pointy Adventures Of Jean-Claude Supremo

  • Personally I love 'feck' and use it myself all the time, even when I could curse for real if I wanted to.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Digg

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  • (how much land)?
    (parenthesis of conjecture)
    (how many people)?
    (feckity feck-feck)
    (except literally)

    August 8, 2012

  • what feckless people do not have

    January 11, 2008

  • Has the meaning "to throw" or "to steal" in Irish English in addition to being an accepted expletive.

    October 17, 2007

  • From "effect"

    January 28, 2007

  • What, you mean as in feckless?

    January 28, 2007

  • January 16, 2007