the pressed and formed sheet-metal part mounted over the road wheels of an automobile, bicycle, etc., to reduce the splashing of mud, water, and the like.
a device on the front of a locomotive, streetcar, or the like, for clearing the track of obstructions.
a mudguard or splashboard on a horse-drawn vehicle.
Nautical. a piece of timber, bundle of rope, or the like, hung over the side of a vessel to lessen shock or prevent chafing, as between the vessel and a dock or another vessel.
a low metal guard before an open fireplace, to keep back falling coals.
a person or thing that wards something off.

Origin of fender

1350–1400; Middle English fendour, aphetic variant of defendour defender
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Examples from the Web for fender

Contemporary Examples of fender

Historical Examples of fender

  • They were sitting on each side of the hearth, with their toes on the fender.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • A big fire burned in an open grate on a hearth without a fender.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • She fell into fits of hysteria, sat whole hours listless, with her feet on the fender.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Josh leaned over the gunwale, and reported that there was no fender out.

  • She walked slowly to the mantel and set one slim foot on the fender.

    The Crimson Tide

    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for fender



a low metal frame which confines falling coals to the hearth
mainly US a metal frame fitted to the front of locomotives to absorb shock, clear the track, etc
a cushion-like device, such as a car tyre hung over the side of a vessel to reduce damage resulting from accidental contact or collision
US and Canadian the part of a car body that surrounds the wheelsAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): wing
Derived Formsfendered, adjective



trademark a type of solid-body electric guitar

Word Origin for Fender

C20: named after Leo Fender (1909-91), its US inventor (1951)
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Word Origin and History for fender

late 13c., shortening of defender. Used of attachments to boats at first, of fireplaces since 1680s; application to automobiles is 1919.

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