- An example of fend is spraying your roof with water when a fire is nearby.
- An example of fend is someone without any shooting or defense skills trying to fight off an intruder.
Origin of fendMiddle English fenden, aphetic for defenden, defend
fend for oneself
verbfend·ed, fend·ing, fends
- To ward off. Often used with off: fend off an attack.
- Archaic To defend.
- To make an effort to resist: fend against the cold.
- To attempt to manage without assistance: had to fend for ourselves until we were rescued.
Origin of fendMiddle English fenden, short for defenden, to defend; see defend.
From Middle English, from Old English fēond (“adversary, foe, enemy, fiend, devil, Satan”). More at fiend.
(third-person singular simple present fends, present participle fending, simple past and past participle fended)
From Middle English fenden (“defend, fight, prevent”), shortening of defenden (“defend”)