a. An evil spirit; a demon.
b. The Devil; Satan.
c. A diabolically evil or wicked person.
2. Informal One who is addicted to something: a dope fiend.
3. Informal One who is completely absorbed in or obsessed with a given job or pastime: a crossword-puzzle fiend.
4. Informal One who is particularly adept at something: a fiend with computers.
v. fiend·ed, fiend·ing, fiends
To crave (a drug, for example): fiended cocaine.
To have an intense desire for something: fiended for the band's new release.
[Middle English, from Old English fēond; see pē(i)- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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