adjective (fiercer, fiercest)
- 1Having or displaying a violent or ferocious aggressiveness: fierce fighting continued throughout the dayMore example sentences
- For hundreds of years, in our mind at least, the tiger was a fierce, aggressive, dangerous and invincible animal.
- It will be a closely fought and fierce battle but I hope it does.
- Several fierce battles were fought between the two camps.
- 1.1(Of the weather or temperature) powerful and destructive: fierce storms lashed the countryMore example sentences
- Their vegetation, mostly scrub pine, is noticeably weathered from the fierce storms that punish this area.
- While returning home to their farm, a fierce rain and wind storm catches them on the water and the boat capsizes, threatening to drown them both.
- But in the face of fierce weather and conditions, and very young crew, that plane crashed.
- 1.2Showing a heartfelt and powerful intensity: his fierce loyalty there was fierce local opposition to the plansMore example sentences
- It breeds fierce loyalty from its local skiers.
- The decision came despite fierce opposition from local people, hundreds of whom signed petitions and wrote letters to the company demanding the counter remain open.
- They are two of the biggest housing schemes seen in York for years - and they have attracted fierce opposition from local residents.
- 1.3(Of a mechanism) having a jolting and powerful abruptness of action: the fire door had a fierce pneumatic returnMore example sentences
- Neither accelerator nor brake is fierce, the steering is accurate but requires no great effort.
- His answer was a sudden jolt from Nick, fierce enough to let Nick slip out of his grasp.
adverbIrish • informal Back to top
- Very; extremely: he was fierce proudMore example sentences
- He also had acquired a new home and was fierce proud of the garden, it stood on a small hill overlooking his kingdom, it was his inch of paradise and richly deserved.
- I used to think that 70 was a fierce old age but it's not really!
- He's looking fierce old though, would never pass for Fr Dougal now.
- North American • informal To a great and almost overwhelming extent: I missed the country something fierceMore example sentences
- This morning, the snow is coming down something fierce.
- Lead guitarist Nick Valensi is sweating Joey Santiago something fierce here.
- And the wind has been blowing something fierce today.
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- For mating is fiercely competitive, and only the biggest and strongest males win prizes.
- Not a flame to be seen, even if the carbon-black belly of the stove is glowing fiercely.
- He was glowering fiercely at me, yet with a little smug smile tugging at the corners of his mouth.
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- Lions symbolize good luck and their fierceness scares off evil spirits.
- Given the fierceness with which I have criticized Mr. Kristof on occasion, I actually felt embarrassed about going up and talking to him.
- The show has come back a year after the first episode of the American version premiered in Canada - but disappointingly, with hardly any new fierceness.
Middle English: from Old French fiers 'fierce, brave, proud', from Latin ferus 'untamed'.