feud

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: fyo͞od, IPA(key): /fjuːd/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uːd

Etymology 1[edit]

From northern Middle English fede, feide, from Old French faide/feide/fede, from Old High German fehida, from Proto-West Germanic *faihiþu (hatred, enmity) (corresponding to foe +‎ -th), from Proto-Indo-European *peyḱ- (hostile). Old English fǣhþ, fǣhþu, fǣhþo (hostility, enmity, violence, revenge, vendetta) was directly inherited from Proto-Germanic *faihiþō, and is cognate to Modern German Fehde, Dutch vete (feud), Danish fejde (feud, enmity, hostility, war), and Swedish fejd (feud, controversy, quarrel, strife).

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feud (plural feuds)

  1. A state of long-standing mutual hostility.
    You couldn't call it a feud exactly, but there had always been a chill between Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.
  2. (professional wrestling) A staged rivalry between wrestlers.
  3. (obsolete) A combination of kindred to avenge injuries or affronts, done or offered to any of their blood, on the offender and all his race.
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Verb[edit]

feud (third-person singular simple present feuds, present participle feuding, simple past and past participle feuded)

  1. (intransitive) To carry on a feud.
    The two men began to feud after one of them got a job promotion and the other thought he was more qualified.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Medieval Latin feudum. Doublet of fee.

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feud (plural feuds)

  1. An estate granted to a vassal by a feudal lord in exchange for service.
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