Satan; the devil.
any evil spirit; demon.
a diabolically cruel or wicked person.
Synonyms: monster, savage, brute, beast, devil.
a person or thing that causes mischief or annoyance:
Those children are little fiends.
Informal. a person who is extremely addicted to some pernicious habit:
an opium fiend.
Informal. a person who is excessively interested in some game, sport, etc.; fan; buff:
a bridge fiend.
a person who is highly skilled or gifted in something:
a fiend at languages.
verb (used without object)
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.
an evil spirit; demon; devil
a person who is extremely wicked, esp in being very cruel or brutal
(informal) a mischievous or spiteful person, esp a child
the Fiend, the devil; Satan
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.
A devotee or user of what is indicated: camera fiend/ dope-fiend/ sex fiend (1865+)
To use a choke hold on a robbery victim: They’d take out a bodega, or fiend a few housewives (1980+ Underworld)
/feep/ 1. The soft electronic “bell” sound of a display terminal (except for a VT-52); a beep (in fact, the microcomputer world seems to prefer beep). 2. To cause the display to make a feep sound. ASR-33s (the original TTYs) do not feep; they have mechanical bells that ring. Alternate forms: beep, “bleep”, or just […]
/fee’pr/ The device in a terminal or workstation (usually a loudspeaker of some kind) that makes the feep sound.
- Feeping creature
[feeping creaturism] An unnecessary feature; a bit of chrome that, in the speaker’s judgment, is the camel’s nose for a whole horde of new features. [Jargon File]
- Feeping creaturism
/fee’ping kree”ch*r-izm/ A deliberate spoonerism for creeping featurism, meant to imply that the system or program in question has become a misshapen creature of hacks. This term isn”t really well defined, but it sounds so neat that most hackers have said or heard it. It is probably reinforced by an image of terminals prowling about […]