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fiend

[feend] /find/
noun
1.
Satan; the devil.
2.
any evil spirit; demon.
3.
a diabolically cruel or wicked person.
Synonyms: 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] /fin/ (Show IPA). 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
900
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
Related forms
fiendlike, adjective
underfiend, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fiendlike

fiend

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

Fiend

/fiːnd/
noun
1.
the Fiend, the devil; Satan
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Word Origin and History for fiendlike

fiend

n.

Old English feond "enemy, foe," originally present participle of feogan "to hate," from Proto-Germanic *fijæjan (cf. Old Frisian fiand "enemy," Old Saxon fiond, Middle Dutch viant, Dutch vijand "enemy," Old Norse fjandi, Old High German fiant, Gothic fijands), from PIE root *pe(i)- "to blame, revile" (cf. Gothic faian "to blame;" see passion).

As spelling suggests, it was originally the opposite of friend, but the word began to be used in Old English for "Satan" (as the "enemy of mankind"), which shifted its sense to "diabolical person" (early 13c.). The old sense of the word devolved to foe, then to the imported word enemy. For spelling with -ie- see field. Meaning "devotee (of whatever is indicated)," e.g. dope fiend, is from 1865.

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Slang definitions & phrases for fiendlike

fiend

combining word

A devotee or user of what is indicated: camera fiend/ dope-fiend/ sex fiend (1865+)

verb

To use a choke hold on a robbery victim: They'd take out a bodega, or fiend a few housewives (1980+ Underworld)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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