: demon
: a person of great wickedness or maliciousness
: a person extremely devoted to a pursuit or study : fanatic
a golf fiend
: addict sense 1
a dope fiend
: wizard sense 2
a fiend at mathematics

Examples of fiend in a Sentence

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
Wodehouse may not have liked Dickens, but he certainly read him. He read like a fiend. Christopher Hitchens, Times Literary Supplement, 7-13 Sept. 1990
The shameless effrontery of the fiend, at the café, pretending to forget all he had done to her, begging to take up with her again, as if nothing had happened between them a dozen years ago. Irving Wallace, The Plot, 1967
a fiend in human form He's a real golf fiend.
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Word History


Middle English, from Old English fīend; akin to Old High German fīant enemy, Sanskrit pīyati he reviles, blames

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of fiend was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fiend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: an extremely wicked or cruel person
: a person enthusiastically devoted to something
fiendishly adverb
fiendishness noun

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