noun \ˈfēnd\

: an evil spirit : a demon or devil

: a very evil or cruel person

: a person who is very enthusiastic about something

Full Definition of FIEND

a :  devil 1
b :  demon
c :  a person of great wickedness or maliciousness
:  a person extremely devoted to a pursuit or study :  fanatic <a golf fiend>
:  addict 1 <a dope fiend>
:  wizard 3 <a fiend at mathematics>

Examples of FIEND

  1. a fiend in human form
  2. He's a real golf fiend.
  3. His hands were trembling, actually trembling, as if he were some sort of coffee fiend or something. —T. Coraghessan Boyle, The Road to Wellville, 1993

Origin of FIEND

Middle English, from Old English fīend; akin to Old High German fīant enemy, Sanskrit pīyati he reviles, blames
First Known Use: before 12th century


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