verb (used without object)
Origin of fiend
Examples from the Web for feens
Historical Examples of feens
The king of the Feens was hailed in the country of the big men as a Troich.
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.
- a person who is intensely interested in or fond of somethinga fresh-air fiend; he is a fiend for cards
- an addicta drug fiend
Word Origin 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.