What does the word fey mean to you and how would you use it? Please don´t look it up before answering, native speaker or not. I ask because the way I´ve heard and seen it used, does not seem to correspond to what I find at looking it up.
Thank you so much all for your responses! This is why I love this community.
Added afterwards (not to influence anyone´s responses in advance):
Since someone suggested, I would be "fey" or by all means "fay" (I would not have noticed the difference in pronounciation in spoken English) at a private conversation, I´ve been asking native speakers and others what they think of this word. I must have read it in some writer´s works before but not taken particular notice.
the "otherwordly" sense and "elf-like" were mentioned in variations at asking about it. Then, at looking up "fey" in an old dictionary (pocket Thesaurus; not on the net) I found out about the "doomed" or "fated to die" meaning and can only hope, the speaker was unaware about those meanings or rather not going in that direction...nor indeed insinuating my natural gaiety would be anything negative to be ashamed of (special thanks to muckefuck).
All in all, a fairly fey choice for a supposed compliment and somewhat contra-productive as such even if providing food for thought (the dinner itself being mediocre).