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[feend] /find/
Satan; the devil.
any evil spirit; demon.
a diabolically cruel or wicked person.
Synonyms: monster, savage, brute, beast, devil.
a person or thing that causes mischief or annoyance:
Those children are little fiends.
Informal. a person who is extremely addicted to some pernicious habit:
an opium fiend.
Informal. a person who is excessively interested in some game, sport, etc.; fan; buff:
a bridge fiend.
a person who is highly skilled or gifted in something:
a fiend at languages.
verb (used without object)
Also, feen
[feen] /fin/ (Show IPA)
. Slang. to desire greatly: just another junkie fiending after his next hit;
As soon as I finish a cigarette I'm fiending to light another.
Origin of fiend
before 900; Middle English feend, Old English fēond; cognate with German Feind, Old Norse fjandr, Gothic fijands foe, orig. present participle of fijan to hate
Related forms
fiendlike, adjective
underfiend, noun Unabridged
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  • Prayer is so mightful if it have its right, that it masters the fiend, and hinders him from doing his will.

  • He sat straining his ears and listening for the first sign of the fiend's return.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • No, if he was a fiend on the battlefield, he was a lamb at home.

    Skookum Chuck Fables Skookum Chuck (pseud for R.D. Cumming)
  • For whole nights I wrestled with the fiend that tempted me and fought for my love.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • Honesty is some fiend, and frights him hence; A many courtiers love it not.

  • The maiden may have the soul of a fiend, for aught I wot, yet hath she the face of an angel.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • This passionate absorption of all his energies into one channel had made a fiend of the man.

    Mysterious Mr. Sabin E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • There seemed so much more of the fiend in it than the angel.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for fiend


an evil spirit; demon; devil
a person who is extremely wicked, esp in being very cruel or brutal
  1. a person who is intensely interested in or fond of something: a fresh-air fiend, he is a fiend for cards
  2. an addict: a drug fiend
(informal) a mischievous or spiteful person, esp a child
Derived Forms
fiendlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English fēond; related to Old Norse fjāndi enemy, Gothic fijands, Old High German fīant


the Fiend, the devil; Satan
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Word Origin and History for fiend

Old English feond "enemy, foe," originally present participle of feogan "to hate," from Proto-Germanic *fijæjan (cf. Old Frisian fiand "enemy," Old Saxon fiond, Middle Dutch viant, Dutch vijand "enemy," Old Norse fjandi, Old High German fiant, Gothic fijands), from PIE root *pe(i)- "to blame, revile" (cf. Gothic faian "to blame;" see passion).

As spelling suggests, it was originally the opposite of friend, but the word began to be used in Old English for "Satan" (as the "enemy of mankind"), which shifted its sense to "diabolical person" (early 13c.). The old sense of the word devolved to foe, then to the imported word enemy. For spelling with -ie- see field. Meaning "devotee (of whatever is indicated)," e.g. dope fiend, is from 1865.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fiend


combining word

A devotee or user of what is indicated: camera fiend/ dope-fiend/ sex fiend (1865+)


To use a choke hold on a robbery victim: They'd take out a bodega, or fiend a few housewives (1980+ Underworld)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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