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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 Cocaine-fiend bassoonists and stoner flutists need not have worried, though. Los Angeles Times, "What really happened when the FBI persecuted Billie Holiday," 27 Feb. 2021 Besides Vibratin’ Katie, there’s Alicia the professional ballerina, Abigail who was born deaf, Kristin who is a lawyer who loves a rooftop bar, Magi the pharmacist from Ethiopia, Anna who is a caffeine fiend, and Sarah the reporter. Ali Barthwell, Vulture, "The Bachelor Season Premiere Recap: Just Vibing," 5 Jan. 2021 That Lolita’s baby daughter is stillborn removes the possibility of another nymphet entering the world and running afoul of a future Humbert or similar fiend—a minor mercy granted by the author to his hard-luck characters. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, "Nabokov, Steinberg, and Me," 7 Dec. 2020 For the fitness fiend, the Jabra Elite 85h ($149.99, originally $249.99) were the best headphones for working out during our testing of over-ear headphones. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "Some of the best products we tested this year are on sale for Black Friday," 24 Nov. 2020 For the coffee fiend: Cold Brew Coffee Maker Even the most scrupulous of coffee lovers will adore this cold brew coffee maker that comes with its own flavor mixer and stainless-steel brew filter. Sarah Vincelette, USA TODAY, "20 amazing gifts to buy from Bed, Bath & Beyond under $30," 10 Nov. 2020 What’s left for a Halloween fiend to do to celebrate this holiday? Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: How to celebrate a safe Halloween," 27 Oct. 2020 So if her tendency in writing personal essays is to be more slapdash or exploratory of her Kapoor-ish qualities — Kaling, like Kapoor, is a celebrity junkie and rom-com fiend, after all — then, sure. Washington Post, "Mindy Kaling’s new essays are lightweight entertainment for trying times," 6 Oct. 2020 On Wednesday night's season 4 premiere episode, the fire-breathing fiend was the first to go home, and he was revealed to be none other than 12-time Grammy nominee Busta Rhymes. Lauren Huff,, "The Dragon on The Masked Singer wants to come back on the show 'in a whole new way'," 24 Sep. 2020

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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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“Fiend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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


\ 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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