From Middle English fade, vad, vade, from Middle Dutch vade ("weak, faint, limp"), from Old French fade ("weak, witless"), of obscure origin. Probably from Vulgar Latin *fatidus, from Latin fatuus ("insipid").
From Middle English fade, fede, of uncertain origin. Compare Old English gefæd ("orderly, tidy, discreet, well-regulated"). See also fad.
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