fiend

[feend]
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noun

verb (used without object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. fields,
  2. fields, w. c.,
  3. fieldsman,
  4. fieldstone,
  5. fieldwork,
  6. fiendish,
  7. fiendishly,
  8. fiennes,
  9. fier,
  10. fierce

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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British Dictionary definitions for feens

fiend

noun

an evil spirit; demon; devil
a person who is extremely wicked, esp in being very cruel or brutal
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
(informal) a mischievous or spiteful person, esp a child
Derived Formsfiendlike, adjective

Word Origin for fiend

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

Fiend

noun

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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