fiend

[ feend ]
/ find /

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.

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Origin of fiend

First recorded before 900; Middle English feend, Old English fēond; cognate with German Feind, Old Norse fjandr, Gothic fijands “foe,” originally present participle of fijan “to hate”

OTHER WORDS FROM fiend

fiendlike, adjectiveun·der·fiend, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fiend (1 of 2)

fiend
/ (fiːnd) /

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 forms of fiend

fiendlike, adjective

Word Origin for fiend

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

British Dictionary definitions for fiend (2 of 2)

Fiend
/ (fiːnd) /

noun

the Fiend the devil; Satan
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