\ 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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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 18 Oct. 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 : fanatic


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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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