feen

fiend

[feend]
noun
1.
Satan; the devil.
2.
any evil spirit; demon.
3.
a diabolically cruel or wicked person. monster, savage, brute, beast, devil.
4.
a person or thing that causes mischief or annoyance: Those children are little fiends.
5.
Informal. a person who is extremely addicted to some pernicious habit: an opium fiend.
6.
Informal. a person who is excessively interested in some game, sport, etc.; fan; buff: a bridge fiend.
7.
a person who is highly skilled or gifted in something: a fiend at languages.
verb (used without object)
8.
Also, feen [feen] . Slang. to desire greatly: just another junkie fiending after his next hit; As soon as I finish a cigarette I'm fiending to light another.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English feend, Old English fēond; cognate with German Feind, Old Norse fjandr, Gothic fijands foe, orig. present participle of fijan to hate

fiendlike, adjective
underfiend, noun
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feen (fiːn)
 
n
dialect (Irish) an informal word for man

fiend (fiːnd)
 
n
1.  an evil spirit; demon; devil
2.  a person who is extremely wicked, esp in being very cruel or brutal
3.  informal
 a.  a person who is intensely interested in or fond of something: a fresh-air fiend; he is a fiend for cards
 b.  an addict: a drug fiend
4.  (informal) a mischievous or spiteful person, esp a child
 
[Old English fēond; related to Old Norse fjāndi enemy, Gothic fijands, Old High German fīant]
 
'fiendlike
 
adj

Fiend (fiːnd)
 
n
the Fiend the devil; Satan

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fiend
O.E. feond "enemy, foe," originally prp. of feogan "to hate," from P.Gmc. *fijæjan (cf. O.N. fjandi, O.H.G. fiant, Goth. fijands, like the O.E. word all prp. forms), from PIE base *pei-/*pi- "to blame, revile" (cf. Goth. faian "to blame;" see passion). As spelling
suggests, it was originally the opposite of friend, but the word began to be used in O.E. for "Satan" (as the "enemy of mankind"), which shifted its sense to "diabolical person" (c.1220). The old sense of the word devolved to foe, then to the borrowed enemy. For spelling with -ie- see field. Meaning "devotee (of whatever is indicated)," cf. dope fiend, is from 1865.
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