fiend

  • 1 Fiend — Fiend, n. [OE. fend, find, fiend, feond, fiend, foe, AS. fe[ o]nd; akin to OS. f[=i]ond, D. vijand enemy, OHG. f[=i]ant, G. feind, Icel. fj[=a]nd, Sw. & Dan. fiende, Goth. fijands; orig. p. pr. of a verb meaning to hate, AS. fe[ o]n, fe[ o]gan,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 fiend — [fi:nd] n [: Old English; Origin: feond enemy ] 1.) a very cruel, evil, or violent person ▪ a heartless fiend ▪ Both of them were fighting like fiends. a sex/rape fiend (=one who commits very unpleasant sex attacks) 2.) television/sports/fresh… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 3 fiend — fiend; fiend·ish; fiend·ly; fiend·ish·ly; fiend·ish·ness; …

    English syllables

  • 4 fiend — [fēnd] n. [ME fend, feend < OE feond, lit., the one hating, orig. prp. < base of feogan, to hate, akin to Goth fijands < fijan, to hate < IE base * pē(i) , to harm] 1. an evil spirit; devil 2. an inhumanly wicked or cruel person ☆ 3.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 fiend — [ find ] noun count 1. ) MAINLY LITERARY a very evil person: MONSTER 2. ) INFORMAL someone who is extremely enthusiastic about something: He s a real fresh air fiend …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 6 fiend — O.E. feond enemy, foe, originally prp. of feogan to hate, from P.Gmc. *fijæjan (Cf. O.Fris. fiand enemy, O.S. fiond, M.D. viant, Du. vijand enemy, O.N. fjandi, O.H.G. fiant, Goth. fijands), from PIE root …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 fiend — [n1] dastardly person barbarian, beast, brute, degenerate, demon, devil, diablo*, evil spirit, hellion, imp, little devil*, Mephistopheles, monster, ogre, Satan, savage, serpent, troll; concept 412 Ant. angel, friend fiend [n2] person… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 fiend — ► NOUN 1) an evil spirit or demon. 2) a very wicked or cruel person. 3) informal an enthusiast or devotee: an exercise fiend. ORIGIN Old English, «an enemy, the devil» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 fiend|ly — «FEEND lee», adjective. Obsolete. devilish; fiendish …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 10 fiend — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fīend; akin to Old High German fīant enemy, Sanskrit pīyati he reviles, blames Date: before 12th century 1. a. devil 1 b. demon c. a person of great wickedness or maliciousness 2. a person… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 fiend — [[t]fi͟ːnd[/t]] fiends 1) N COUNT If you describe someone as a fiend, you mean that they are extremely wicked or cruel. [WRITTEN] ...such a saint to his patients and such a fiend to his children. Syn: monster 2) N COUNT: n N Fiend can be used… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 fiend — noun 1) a fiend had taken possession of him Syn: demon, devil, evil spirit; informal spook 2) a fiend bent on global evildoing Syn: villain, beast, brute, barbarian, monster, ogre, sadist, evildoer …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 13 fiend — fiendlike, adj. /feend/, n. 1. Satan; the devil. 2. any evil spirit; demon. 3. a diabolically cruel or wicked person. 4. a person or thing that causes mischief or annoyance: Those children are little fiends. 5. Informal. a person who is extremely …

    Universalium

  • 14 fiend — UK [fiːnd] / US [fɪnd] noun [countable] Word forms fiend : singular fiend plural fiends 1) mainly literary a very evil person 2) informal someone who is extremely enthusiastic about something My brother is a real fresh air fiend …

    English dictionary

  • 15 fiend — Synonyms and related words: Apollyon, Baba Yaga, Beelzebub, LSD user, Lilith, Lucifer, Mafioso, Old Nick, Old Scratch, Satan, Young Turk, acidhead, addict, aficionado, afreet, alcoholic, ape man, barghest, beast, beldam, berserk, berserker, bigot …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 fiend — n. a sex fiend * * * [fiːnd] a sex fiend …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 fiend — /find / (say feend) noun 1. any evil spirit, especially with reference to Satan. 2. any evil spirit. 3. a diabolically cruel or wicked person. 4. Colloquial a person or thing that causes mischief or annoyance. 5. Colloquial someone who is devoted …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 fiend — noun /fiːnd/ a) A demon a jazz fiend b) A very evil person Syn: monster …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 fiend — noun Fiend is used after these nouns: ↑dope, ↑sex …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 20 fiend — [OE] Fiend seems originally to have meant ‘hated person’. It was formed in prehistoric times from the past participle of a Germanic verb meaning ‘hate’ (represented in historic times by, for example, Old English fēon, Old High German fiēn, and… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins