fiend

noun
\ ˈfēnd How to pronounce fiend (audio) \

Definition of fiend

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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web With such an abundance from which to choose, Smithsonian magazine turned to scholars and podcast fiends across the Smithsonian Institution for guidance. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian Magazine, "Eighteen Podcasts to Listen to in 2020," 25 Dec. 2019 Portland’s smallest park, tucked into a median on Naito Parkway, is now bare, thanks to the work of some criminally-minded fiends who cut down the park’s only tree. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Lone tree in “world’s smallest park” is chopped down," 27 Dec. 2019 The Metallica-loving disco fiends hit the stage in '70s prog rock haircuts to play theatrical sci-fi maneuvers in the dark. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 40 Greatest Dance Albums of the Decade: Staff List," 26 Nov. 2019 For the Netflix fiend: An iPad iPads can come in handy for just about everything, from schoolwork to reading books to a secondary—or even replacement—laptop. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "The best gifts for teenage girls of 2019," 22 Oct. 2019 As such, makeup and hair fiends are pushing their styles in new and slightly insane directions. The Editors, Marie Claire, ""Christmas Tree Hair" Is Taking Over Instagram," 20 Dec. 2019 Sugar fiends should also ink in Clementine’s Creamery on their itineraries. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why St. Louis Needs to Be Your Next Weekend Getaway," 19 Dec. 2019 Bottom line: There is a little something here for everyone, including Christmas freaks, fashion fiends, kids and art historians. Josie Sexton, The Know, "I tried all the Denver Christmas pop-up bars so you don’t have to," 3 Dec. 2019 The region’s heartland is the Cote d’Or, and Burgundy fiends love parsing the terroirs of the Cote d’Or’s two subregions. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "For Burgundy’s best-value wines, look south," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of fiend

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

History and Etymology for fiend

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

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4 Feb 2020

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“Fiend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fiend. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for fiend

fiend

noun
How to pronounce fiend (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fiend

: an evil spirit : a demon or devil
: a very evil or cruel person
: a person who is very enthusiastic about something

fiend

noun
\ ˈfēnd How to pronounce fiend (audio) \

Kids Definition of fiend

2 : a very wicked or cruel person
3 : fanatic entry 2 a golf fiend

Other Words from fiend

fiendish \ ˈfēn-​dish \ adjective a fiendish trick

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