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Meaning of fierce by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English, from Old French fers ( “wild", "ferocious” ), from Latin ferus ( “wild", "untamed” )


    • Rhymes: -ɪə( r )s


    fierce ( comparative fiercer, superlative fiercest )

    1. Extremely violent, severe, ferocious or savage .
      A fierce storm battered the coast .
    2. Resolute or strenuously active .
      We made a fierce attempt to escape .
    3. Threatening in appearance or demeanor .
      The lion gave a fierce roar .
    4. ( slang, Ireland, rural ) very, excellent .
      It was fierce cold .
      Q: "How was the party last night?" A: "Fierce!"
    5. ( slang, US ) Of exceptional quality, exhibiting boldness or chutzpah .
      Tyra said to strike a pose and make it fierce .

    Derived terms


    • Recife

Explanation of fierce by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. violently agitated and turbulent

    2. the fierce thunders roar me their music- Ezra Pound
    3. ruthless in competition

    4. marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions

    5. fierce loyalty
    6. marked by extreme and violent energy

    7. fierce fighting

    Definition of fierce by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Fierce a. [Compar. Fiercer ; superl. Fiercest] [OE. fers, fiers, OF. fier, nom. fiers, fierce, savage, cruel, F. fier proud, from L. ferus wild, savage, cruel; perh. akin to E. bear the animal. Cf. Feral, Ferocity.]
      1. Furious; violent; unrestrained; impetuous; as, “a fierce wind”.

      His fierce thunder drove us to the deep. Milton.

      2. Vehement in anger or cruelty; ready or eager to kill or injure; of a nature to inspire terror; ferocious. “A fierce whisper.” Dickens. “A fierce tyrant.” Pope.

      The fierce foe hung upon our broken rear. Milton.

      Thou huntest me as a fierce lion. Job. x. 16.

      3. Excessively earnest, eager, or ardent.

      Syn. -- Ferocious; savage; cruel; vehement; impetuous; barbarous; fell. See Ferocious.

      -- Fiercely, adv. -- Fierceness, n.