\ 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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The Florida heats were spicier, but nothing that would impress serious Scoville fiends. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Sports? Sportsball? Food is the Great Uniter at Duffy’s Sports Grill | Review," 29 Aug. 2019 Lego fiends who can’t wait that long can get a taste of what Legoland New York will offer during a four-day preview at National Harbor. Washington Post, "17 things to do in the D.C. area over Labor Day weekend," 29 Aug. 2019 Reggie Grimes II is a 6-foot-5, 245-pound pass rushing fiend. al, "Alabama legacy, ranked No. 61 on Southern 120, has bright future," 19 Aug. 2019 As for keeping track of the fiends who gather in such places, here’s where the government has a legitimate role to play. Hiawatha Bray,, "Is heading off online hate possible?," 5 Aug. 2019 With desserts as beautiful as the décor, Easton, Maryland, should immediately become an East Coast must-visit destination for Francophiles, design aficionados, and sugar fiends everywhere. Kate Mcgregor, ELLE Decor, "Is Bonheur the Chicest Ice Cream Shop in America?," 18 July 2019 As proof, there’s a teaser (shown above) featuring a death-defying car jump typical of these speed fiends. Nick Romano,, "Fast & Furious animated series careens towards Netflix with first teaser," 13 June 2019 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

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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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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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concealment of treason or felony

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