- menacingly wild, savage, or hostile: fierce animals; a fierce look.
- violent in force, intensity, etc.: fierce winds.
- furiously eager or intense: fierce competition.
- Informal. extremely bad or severe: a fierce cold.
Origin of fierce
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Examples from the Web for fiercer
Major storm events strike harder and more often, because warming oceans create conditions for fiercer hurricanes.Let's Tax Carbon
December 3, 2012
One of the fiercer battles was over the level of the memorial.A Place to Remember
September 11, 2011
I ask him if he thinks 1970 was a comparable moment in the U.S. “I think it was fiercer,” he says.Martin Amis' Sexual Revolution
May 10, 2010
You'll need the help: Competition at these schools is fiercer than ever.How to Write a Winning Ivy League Essay
October 25, 2009
And the competition for those jobs is, if anything, fiercer and less dignified than that for the top jobs.Washington's New Marriages Of Convenience
November 21, 2008
Meaning what we mean, he required a stronger, fiercer vocabulary than we ever need.The Conquest of Fear
Were they driven away, they returned, more numerous and fiercer than before.The Downfall
A like spirit, but fiercer and more violent, has appeared in politics.The Republic
In its fiercer gusts it drowned the ring of the lusty voices.The Shadow of a Crime
And the sun climbed higher; its scourgings grew ever fiercer.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
- having a violent and unrestrained nature; savagea fierce dog
- wild or turbulent in force, action, or intensitya fierce storm
- vehement, intense, or strongfierce competition
- informal very disagreeable or unpleasant
Word Origin and History for fiercer
mid-13c., "proud, noble, bold," from Old French fers, nominative form of fer, fier "strong, overwhelming, violent, fierce, wild; proud, mighty, great, impressive" (Modern French fier "proud, haughty"), from Latin ferus "wild, untamed," from PIE root *ghwer- "wild, wild animal" (cf. Greek ther, Old Church Slavonic zveri, Lithuanian zveris "wild beast").
Original English sense of "brave, proud" died out 16c., but caused the word at first to be commonly used as an epithet, which accounts for the rare instance of a French word entering English in the nominative case. Meaning "ferocious, wild, savage" is from c.1300. Related: Fiercely; fierceness.