fierce

[feers]
adjective, fiercer, fiercest.
1.
menacingly wild, savage, or hostile: fierce animals; a fierce look.
2.
violent in force, intensity, etc.: fierce winds.
3.
furiously eager or intense: fierce competition.
4.
Informal. extremely bad or severe: a fierce cold.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English fiers < Anglo-French fers, Old French fiers (nominative) < Latin ferus wild, fierce; cf. feral1, ferocious

fiercely, adverb
fierceness, noun
overfierce, adjective
overfiercely, adverb
overfierceness, noun
unfierce, adjective
unfiercely, adjective


1. untamed; cruel, fell, brutal; barbarous, bloodthirsty, murderous. Fierce, ferocious, truculent suggest vehemence and violence of temper, manner, or action: fierce in repelling a foe. Ferocious implies fierceness or cruelty, especially of a bloodthirsty kind, in disposition or action: a ferocious glare; ferocious brutality toward helpless refugees. Truculent suggests an intimidating or bullying fierceness of manner or conduct: His truculent attitude kept them terrified and submissive. 2, 3. furious, passionate, turbulent.


1. tame, mild.
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fierce (fɪəs)
 
adj
1.  having a violent and unrestrained nature; savage: a fierce dog
2.  wild or turbulent in force, action, or intensity: a fierce storm
3.  vehement, intense, or strong: fierce competition
4.  informal very disagreeable or unpleasant
 
[C13: from Old French fiers, from Latin ferus]
 
'fiercely
 
adv
 
'fierceness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

fierce
mid-13c., from O.Fr. fers, nom. form of fer, fier "wild, ferocious," from L. ferus "wild, untamed," from PIE base *gwer- "wild, wild animal" (cf. Gk. ther, O.C.S. zveri, Lith. zveris "wild beast"). Originally in English also with a sense of "brave, proud," which died out 16c., but caused the word at
first to be commonly used as an epithet, which accounts for the rare instance of a French word entering English in the nominative case. Related: Fiercely; fierceness.
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Slang Dictionary

fierce definition


  1. mod.
    really good. : This is some fierce coffee!
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Example sentences
Pandas will then become the fierce carnivores they should have always been.
Also the software for the blind needs to be updated something fierce.
Dozens of sculptures with fierce faces encircle the structure and dozens more
  are part of the structure itself.
The hunters screamed at each other, the seas heaved and the boats drifted
  toward the fierce cliffs.
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