- The definition of fierce is cruel, violent or intense.
- An example of fierce is the nature of an angry bear.
- An example of fierce is storm with very high winds.
A fierce dog.
fierce definition by Webster's New World
- of a violently cruel nature; savage; wild: a fierce dog
- violent; uncontrolled: a fierce storm
- intensely eager; intense; ardent: a fierce embrace
- ☆ Informal very distasteful, disagreeable, bad, etc.
Origin: Middle English fers ; from Old French fers, fier ; from Classical Latin ferus, wild, savage ; from Indo-European base an unverified form hwer-, wild animal from source Classical Greek thēr, animal
fierce definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective fierc·er, fierc·est
- Having a savage and violent nature; ferocious. See Synonyms at cruel.
- Extremely severe or violent; terrible: “the fierce thunders roar me their music” (Ezra Pound).
- Extremely intense or ardent: fierce loyalty. See Synonyms at intense.
- Strenuously active or resolute: a fierce attempt to escape.
- Informal Very difficult or unpleasant: a fierce exam.
- Savage or threatening in appearance.
Origin: Middle English fiers, from Old French, from Latin ferus; see ghwer- in Indo-European roots.
- fierceˈly adverb
- fierceˈness noun