[ feend ]
/ find /
Satan; the devil.
any evil spirit; demon.
a diabolically cruel or wicked person.
a person or thing that causes mischief or annoyance: Those children are little fiends.
Informal. a person who is extremely addicted to some pernicious habit: an opium fiend.
Informal. a person who is excessively interested in some game, sport, etc.; fan; buff: a bridge fiend.
a person who is highly skilled or gifted in something: a fiend at languages.
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
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
OTHER WORDS FROM fiendfiend·like, adjectiveun·der·fiend, noun
Words nearby fiend
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British Dictionary definitions for fiending (1 of 2)
/ (fiːnd) /
an evil spirit; demon; devil
a person who is extremely wicked, esp in being very cruel or brutal
- a person who is intensely interested in or fond of somethinga fresh-air fiend; he is a fiend for cards
- an addicta drug fiend
(informal) a mischievous or spiteful person, esp a child
Derived forms of fiendfiendlike, adjective
Word Origin for fiend
Old English fēond; related to Old Norse fjāndi enemy, Gothic fijands, Old High German fīant
British Dictionary definitions for fiending (2 of 2)
/ (fiːnd) /
the Fiend the devil; Satan
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