\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web As Aaron Paul's Caleb Nichols struggles to crawl away from a robotic fiend, Jeffrey Wright's Bernard Lowe is shaking while surrounded by blood. Dory Jackson,, 10 May 2022 Read the full discussion with the White House's own Wordle fiend at The Ringer. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 18 Apr. 2022 Help your coffee fiend get his fix with Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co.'s cold-brew kit. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, 19 Apr. 2022 The finish continued a strong game by Dumba, who was a shot-blocking fiend in the first — regularly finding himself in the right spot at the right time. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, 18 May 2021 Filmmaker and avid outdoorsman Werner Herzog later remade Nosferatu in 1979, starring his best fiend Claus Kinski as the titular vamp. Mike Postalakis, SPIN, 1 Mar. 2022 Three years clearly isn’t long enough to shake Kendall’s reputation as a drug fiend. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 13 Dec. 2021 Despite his tail and his horns and his chartreuse dinner jacket, Hades isn’t an especially malicious fiend. Justin Davidson, Vulture, 24 Nov. 2021 Of course, the laborious chore of going from self-driving car to self-driving car would seem not very expedient if the fiend is aiming to perform a mass takeover. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Fiend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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\ 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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