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noun (1)

: a mutual enmity or quarrel that is often prolonged or inveterate (see inveterate sense 2)
especially : blood feud
Because of a family feud, they did not see each other for a decade.
feud intransitive verb


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noun (2)

Examples of feud in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The Canadian rapper has, at least for now, gotten the last word in the feud that Kendrick emerged victorious from — but their beef is no longer their own as external figures pick sides. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 8 May 2024 But while this beef has crossed over into pop culture, the reality is the feud was strictly for hip-hop culture and not really anyone else. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 7 May 2024 Police declined to comment on whether the shooting may be related to the ongoing feud, citing the early stage of the investigation. Samira Asma-Sadeque, Peoplemag, 7 May 2024 Taylor Swift’s feud with top music producer Scooter Braun is set to be featured in Warner Bros. Discovery U.K. & Ireland’s latest season of its popular docu series vs on Discovery+. Lily Ford, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 May 2024 The shooting at Drake’s mansion comes amid his heated public feud with rapper Kendrick Lamar. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2024 And not only has he been deemed the aesthetic loser of the feud, but many people have internalized Lamar’s brutal accusations against him. TIME, 7 May 2024 The biggest rap feud in years has increasingly become vitriolic and personal and has seen both Drake and Lamar throw unsubstantiated allegations at each other. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 May 2024 The result has been one of the most explosive, entertaining, and widely dissected rap feuds in the genre’s 50-year history. TIME, 7 May 2024

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Word History


Noun (1)

alteration of Middle English feide, from Anglo-French *faide, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German fēhida hostility, feud, Old English fāh hostile — more at foe

Noun (2)

Medieval Latin feodum, feudum, alteration (probably influenced by Medieval Latin alodum, allodium land not subject to rent or service) of feo, feus, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German fihu cattle — more at fee

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1614, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of feud was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Feud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feud. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a long lasting quarrel
especially : a lasting conflict between families or clans usually having acts of violence and revenge
feud verb
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