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fiend

[feend]
noun
  1. Satan; the devil.
  2. any evil spirit; demon.
  3. a diabolically cruel or wicked person.
  4. a person or thing that causes mischief or annoyance: Those children are little fiends.
  5. Informal. a person who is extremely addicted to some pernicious habit: an opium fiend.
  6. Informal. a person who is excessively interested in some game, sport, etc.; fan; buff: a bridge fiend.
  7. a person who is highly skilled or gifted in something: a fiend at languages.
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verb (used without object)
  1. Also feen [feen] /fin/. 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.
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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 formsfiend·like, adjectiveun·der·fiend, noun
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Examples from the Web for feens

Historical Examples

  • The king of the Feens was hailed in the country of the big men as a Troich.

    The Testimony of Tradition

    David MacRitchie

  • The stories of Fin and his Feens are full of references to their hunting exploits.

  • Who were the Feens of tradition, and to what country and period are they to be assigned?

  • The traditional "Feens," therefore, are to be identified with the historical "Picts."

  • It is also remembered as a favourite hunting-ground of the Feens.


British Dictionary definitions for feens

fiend

noun
  1. an evil spirit; demon; devil
  2. a person who is extremely wicked, esp in being very cruel or brutal
  3. informal
    1. a person who is intensely interested in or fond of somethinga fresh-air fiend; he is a fiend for cards
    2. an addicta drug fiend
  4. (informal) a mischievous or spiteful person, esp a child
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Derived Formsfiendlike, adjective

Word Origin

Old English fēond; related to Old Norse fjāndi enemy, Gothic fijands, Old High German fīant

Fiend

noun
  1. the Fiend the devil; Satan
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Word Origin and History for feens

fiend

n.

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.

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