What’s the deal with “fiery”?

How did English end up with the adjective fiery (instead of *firy) from fire, but miry from mire and wiry from wire?

Are there any other words where the noun is -ire and the adjective is -iery?

Answer

The Online Etymology Dictionary explains the unusual spelling:

late 13c., from Middle English fier “fire” (see fire (n.)) + -y (2). The spelling is a relic of one of the attempts to render Old English “y” in fyr in a changing system of vowel sounds.

Words like miry (late 14c.) and wiry (1580s) have later origins and different etymology, so they don’t have the same influence on their spelling.

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