fiend

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noun \ ˈfēnd \

Definition of fiend

1 a :devil 1
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 1
  • a dope fiend
4 :wizard 3
  • a fiend at mathematics

Examples of fiend in a Sentence

  1. His hands were trembling, actually trembling, as if he were some sort of coffee fiend or something. —T. Coraghessan BoyleThe Road to Wellville1993
  2. Wodehouse may not have liked Dickens, but he certainly read him. He read like a fiend. —Christopher HitchensTimes Literary Supplement7-13 Sept. 1990
  3. 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 WallaceThe Plot1967
  4. a fiend in human form

  5. He's a real golf fiend.

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Origin and Etymology of fiend

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



FIEND Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of fiend for English Language Learners

  • : an evil spirit : a demon or devil

  • : a very evil or cruel person

  • : a person who is very enthusiastic about something


FIEND Defined for Kids

fiend

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noun \ ˈfēnd \

Definition of fiend for Students

1 :demon 1, devil
2 :a very wicked or cruel person
3 :2fanatic
  • a golf fiend

fiendish

\ˈfēn-dish\ adjective
  • a fiendish trick

fiendishly

adverb


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