\ ˈfirs How to pronounce fierce (audio) \
fiercer; fiercest

Definition of fierce

1a : violently hostile or aggressive in temperament a fierce tiger
b : given to fighting or killing : pugnacious fierce fighters
2a : marked by unrestrained zeal or vehemence a fierce argument
b : extremely vexatious, disappointing, or intense fierce pain
3 : furiously active or determined make a fierce effort
4 : wild or menacing in appearance
5 informal : having or expressing bold confidence or style When it comes to celebrity fashion, while the looks are fierce they're not always attainable.— Marlen Komar

Other Words from fierce

fierceness noun

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fierce, ferocious, barbarous, savage, cruel mean showing fury or malignity in looks or actions. fierce applies to humans and animals that inspire terror because of their wild and menacing aspect or fury in attack. fierce warriors ferocious implies extreme fierceness and unrestrained violence and brutality. a ferocious dog barbarous implies a ferocity or mercilessness regarded as unworthy of civilized people. barbarous treatment of prisoners savage implies the absence of inhibitions restraining civilized people filled with rage, lust, or other violent passion. a savage criminal cruel implies indifference to suffering and even positive pleasure in inflicting it. the cruel jokes of schoolboys

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He was killed in a fierce battle. The proposal has faced fierce opposition. The two teams have had a fierce rivalry for many years. He's admired for his fierce independence. You could see the fierce determination in her eyes.
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Recent Examples on the Web The competition to earn one of the three women's spots on the U.S. Olympic team, which includes two-time national champion Alysa Liu, has been fierce. Editors, USA TODAY, 8 Jan. 2022 Winds will be fierce today, holding steady at 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 5 Jan. 2022 Competition to hire the best people is already fierce and becoming more so. David Moise, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 The competition to secure a vaccine appointment was fierce during the early months of the year as mass vaccination sites and pharmacies worked to meet the demand. Jennifer Johnson,, 28 Dec. 2021 And her gender-reverse casting of key roles added new depths to the show, reminding us men can be nurturing, women can be fierce, anyone can be self-promoting — in fact, most people are. Matthew J. Palm,, 20 Dec. 2021 Chip shortages, supply chain disruptions, and a range of complicating factors, including the minor exacerbating issue of a prolonged global pandemic, meant there were too few PS5s to go around—and competition to get hold of one was fierce. Chris Stokel-walker, Wired, 20 Dec. 2021 The result, delicious on its own, is also a supreme sponge for sauce, and prepandemic, the jostling at the condiment counter of any Joe’s outpost for the soy, sriracha and peanut sauces could be fierce. New York Times, 17 Dec. 2021 The competition within the brokerage world is fierce, with customers increasingly unwilling to pay fees. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of fierce

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fierce

Middle English fiers, from Anglo-French fer, fers, fiers, from Latin ferus wild, savage; akin to Greek thēr wild animal

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“Fierce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of fierce

: very violent
: eager to fight or kill
: having or showing a lot of strong emotion : very strong or intense


\ ˈfirs How to pronounce fierce (audio) \
fiercer; fiercest

Kids Definition of fierce

1 : likely to attack a fierce animal
2 : having or showing very great energy or enthusiasm She plays the game with fierce determination.
3 : wild or threatening in appearance He brandished a fierce sword.
4 : characterized by extreme force, intensity, or anger a fierce fight fierce winds

Other Words from fierce

fiercely adverb
fierceness noun

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