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From Middle English feend, fēnd, fiend, feond, viend, veond (enemy; demon), from Old English fēond (enemy), from Proto-Germanic *fijandz.

Compare Old Norse fjándi (Icelandic fjandi, Danish fjende, Norwegian fiende, Swedish fiende, West Frisian fijân, Low German Feend, Fiend, Dutch vijand, German Feind, Gothic 𐍆𐌹𐌾𐌰𐌽𐌳𐍃 (fijands)), with all of them meaning foe. The Old Norse and Gothic terms are present participles of the corresponding verbs fjá/𐍆𐌹𐌾𐌰𐌽 (fijan, to hate), from Proto-Indo-European *peh₁- (to hate) (compare Sanskrit पीयति (pī́yati, (he) reviles)).


  • IPA(key): /fiːnd/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːnd


fiend (plural fiends)

  1. A devil or demon; a malignant or diabolical being; an evil spirit.
    Synonym: monster
  2. A very evil person.
    Synonym: monster
  3. (obsolete) An enemy; a foe.
    Religion teaches us to love everybody, be one fiend or friend.
  4. (religious, archaic) The enemy of mankind, specifically, the Devil; Satan.
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 35:
      At the confirmation ceremony the bishop would lay his hands on the child and tie around its forehead a linen band [] . This was believed to strengthen him against the assaults of the fiend []
  5. (informal) An addict or fanatic.
    He's been a jazz fiend since his teenage years.
    dope fiend

Derived termsEdit


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fiend (third-person singular simple present fiends, present participle fiending, simple past and past participle fiended)

  1. (slang, intransitive) To yearn; to be desperate (for something).
    • 1999, Macy Gray, Jeremy Ruzumna, Jinsoo Lim, David Wilder, I Try (song)
      I play it off, but I'm dreaming of you / And I'll try to keep my cool, but I'm fiendin'
    • 2011, Emma J. Stephens, For a Dancer: The Memoir
      I am back in San Francisco at the Clift Hotel, fiending for my fix.



Middle EnglishEdit


fiend (plural fiendes)

  1. Alternative form of feend