1893 text

Foy. A feast given by one who is about to leave a place. In Kent, according to Grose, a treat to friends, either at going abroad or coming home. See Diary, November 25th, 1661.

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Wim van der Meij   Link to this

Warrington got it from Halliwell's Dictionary and calls it a merrymaking given at someone's parting

language hat   Link to this

The OED says it's from Dutch fooi (earlier foye, voye), probably from French voie 'way, journey.'

dirk   Link to this

The Dutch Etymological Dictionary confirms this etymology, adding a further link to Latin "via". "Fooi" in Dutch originally meant "farewell present". The present meaning is "tip".

in Aqua Scripto   Link to this

LH, my little old Webster's D concurs, adding Via, Latin for way or road [out of 'ere] used by the Scots to celebrate the end of harvest.

Bill   Link to this

FOY, a Treat given to their Friends by those who are going a Journey.
---An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1675.

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