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 3 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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The athletic strain that would’ve been required just to keep a steady pace and cut through the wind on a normal bike was enough to accelerate the e-bike like a fiend. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "E-Biking My Way Through New York's Five Boro Bike Tour," 9 May 2019 From preschoolers to history fiends, the Obamas have thought of it all. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "The Obamas' Upcoming Netflix Projects Include TV Shows, Documentaries, and Movies," 30 Apr. 2019 She’s been seen carrying a copy of The Stranger by Albert Camus, a classic that has been on the must-read lists of philosophy nerds and French literature fiends for decades. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Would You Join the Bella and Gigi Hadid Book Club?," 18 Mar. 2019 Curious dessert fiends and brides-to-be should act fast: The macarons are limited edition, and the cakes will be available for special order through 2018. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Designer Dessert: Vera Wang Launches a Confectionary Collection With Ladurée," 11 Jan. 2018 Ahead of the game's launch, the custom-controller fiends at 8Bitdo sent us their new GBros. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Smash Bros. Ultimate review: The best fighting game on any Nintendo system," 6 Dec. 2018 Pusha delivers a clear message through his brash lyricism and usual drug fiend raps, which includes a clear start and punctuation mark. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Pusha T & Drake's Feud, Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music Domination, XXXTentacion's Death, 'Scorpion' & More: Recapping a Wild 40 Days in Hip-Hop," 2 July 2018 Entire gameplay systems were redesigned and rebalanced, and there was now plenty of content for hardcore loot fiends to grind through. Aaron Zimmerman, Ars Technica, "Destiny 2: Forsaken review: Hallelujah, Destiny’s back," 19 Sep. 2018 Calling all home decor fiends and kitchen aficionados. Alexis Jones, Woman's Day, "Williams-Sonoma Is Hiring 3,500 Work-From-Home Positions," 28 Aug. 2018

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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

noun

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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