Foe definition

Frequency:
Enemy (in all senses)
noun
20
6
An enemy in war.
noun
12
6
A personal enemy or opponent.
noun
1
0
One who is opposed to an idea or cause.

A foe of tax reform.

noun
1
0
(obsolete) Hostile.
adjective
1
0
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An enemy.
noun
1
0
A unit of energy equal to 1044 joules.
noun
1
0
Friends of the Earth.
initialism
1
0
The definition of a foe is an enemy or opponent.

A person who you are always trying to defeat in games is an example of your foe.

noun
1
2
Something that is destructive or injurious.

Taxes that were the foe of economic development.

noun
0
1
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Fraternal Order of Eagles.
initialism
0
1
Fraternal Order of Eagles.
abbreviation
4
6

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
foe
Plural:
foes

Origin of foe

  • Middle English fo from Old English gefā from fāh hostile

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English fo 'foe; hostile', from earlier ifo 'foe', from Old English ġefāh 'enemy', from fāh 'hostile', from Proto-Germanic *faihaz (cf. Old Frisian fāch 'punishable', Middle High German gevēch 'feuder'), from Proto-Indo-European *peik/k̑- 'to hate, be hostile' (cf. Middle Irish oech 'enemy, fiend', Latin piget 'he is annoying', Lithuanian piktas ‘evil’, Albanian pis ‘dirty, scoundrel’).

    From Wiktionary

  • An acronym of fifty-one ergs

    From Wiktionary