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From Middle English feendly, fendly (hostile, devilish), from Old English fēondliċ (hostile), corresponding to fiend +‎ -ly. Cognate with Dutch vijandelijk (hostile), German feindlich (hostile), Danish fjendtlig (hostile), Swedish fiendtlig, fientlig (hostile).


fiendly (comparative more fiendly, superlative most fiendly)

  1. (obsolete) Hostile.
  2. (now rare) Like a fiend; devilish.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter primum, in Le Morte Darthur, book XI:
      Soo whanne sir Laūcelot came thydder / he sawe wryten vpon the tombe letters of gold that said thus / Here shalle come a lybard of kynges blood / and he shalle slee this serpent / [] / Soo thenne sir launcelot lyfte vp the tombe / and there came out an horryble & a fyendly dragon spyttynge fyre oute of his mouthe