- The definition of a feud is a prolonged bitter disagreement or fight between families, family members or friends.
An example of a feud is parents not speaking to their daughter for many years because she married someone outside of the family's religion.
- a bitter, protracted, and violent quarrel, esp. between clans or families, often characterized by killings and counterkillings
- any dispute or rivalry, esp. when bitter or protracted
Origin of feudMiddle English fede ; from Old French faide ; from Frankish an unverified form faida, akin to Old High German fehida, enmity, revenge ; from Indo-European base an unverified form peik-, hostile from source foe, Lithuanian pìktas, angry
Origin of feudMiddle English ; from Medieval Latin feodum ; from Frankish an unverified form fehu- (akin to Old High German feho, cattle, property: see fee) + an unverified form od, an unverified form ot, wealth, akin to Old English ead
intransitive verbfeud·ed, feud·ing, feuds
Origin of feudAlteration (probably influenced by feud2) of Middle English fede, from Old French faide, of Germanic origin.
Origin of feudMedieval Latin feudum, of Germanic origin; see peku- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present feuds, present participle feuding, simple past and past participle feuded)
- (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.
From Middle English fede, feide, *feithe, from Old English fǣhþ, fǣhþu, fǣhþo (“hostility, enmity, violence, revenge, vendetta”), from Proto-Germanic *faihiþō (“hatred, enmity”), from Proto-Indo-European *pAik-, *pAig- (“ill-meaning, wicked”), equivalent to foe + -th. Cognate with Dutch veete (“feud”), German Fehde (“feud, vendetta”), Danish fejde (“feud, enmity, hostility, war”), Swedish fejd (“feud, controversy, quarrel, strife”), and Old French faide, feide (“feud”), ultimately from the same Germanic source. Related to foe, fiend.
From Old French, from Latin feodum.