foe

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
foe /foʊ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a person who feels hatred toward another;
    enemy:a bitter foe.
  2. a military enemy.
  3. an opponent in a game or contest.
  4. a person who is opposed to something:a foe to progress.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
foe  (fō), 
n. 
  1. a person who feels enmity, hatred, or malice toward another;
    enemy:a bitter foe.
  2. a military enemy; hostile army.
  3. a person belonging to a hostile army or nation.
  4. an opponent in a game or contest;
    adversary:a political foe.
  5. a person who is opposed in feeling, principle, etc., to something:a foe to progress in civil rights.
  6. a thing that is harmful to or destructive of something:Sloth is the foe of health.
Etymology:bef. 900;
Middle English foo, Old English fāh hostile, gefāh enemy;
cognate with Old High German gifēh at war. See feud1
1 . See enemy. 1, 3–5. opponent, antagonist. 1 –3. friend.
F.O.E., 
  • Fraternal Order of Eagles.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    foe /fəʊ/ n
    1. formal or literary
      another word for enemy
    Etymology: Old English fāh hostile; related to Old High German fēhan to hate, Old Norse feikn dreadful; see feud1



    FoE, FOE abbreviation for
    1. Friends of the Earth



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