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.
Fend off an attack.
Fend against the cold.
Had to fend for ourselves until we were rescued.
- to manage by oneself; get along without help
- to ward off
Origin of fend
- Middle English fenden short for defenden to defend defend
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, from Old English fēond (“adversary, foe, enemy, fiend, devil, Satan”). More at fiend.
- From Middle English fenden (“defend, fight, prevent”), shortening of defenden (“defend”)