from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To ward off. Often used with off: fend off an attack.
- transitive v. Archaic To defend.
- intransitive v. To make an effort to resist: fend against the cold.
- intransitive v. To attempt to manage without assistance: had to fend for ourselves until we were rescued.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An enemy; fiend; the Devil.
- v. To take care of oneself, to take responsibility for oneself.
- v. To defend, to take care of (typically construed with for); to block or push away (typically construed with off).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fiend.
- transitive v. To keep off; to prevent from entering or hitting; to ward off; to shut out; -- often with off.
- intransitive v. To act on the defensive, or in opposition; to resist; to parry; to shift off.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To defend; protect; guard.
- To keep off; prevent from entering or impinging; ward off; forbid: usually followed by off: as, to fend off blows. Compare fen.
- To support; maintain.
- To act in opposition; offer resistance.
- To parry; fence.
- To make provision; give care.
- n. The shift which one makes for one's self, whether for sustenance or in any other respect; self-defense or self-support.
- n. A Middle English form of fiend.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. try to manage without help
- v. withstand the force of something
Middle English fenden, short for defenden, to defend; see defend.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English fēond ("adversary, foe, enemy, fiend, devil, Satan"). More at fiend. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English fenden ("defend, fight, prevent"), shortening of defenden ("defend") (Wiktionary)