Hend vs Fend - What's the difference?

hend | fend |

As verbs the difference between hend and fend

is that hend is (obsolete) to take hold of; to grasp, hold while fend is to take care of oneself, to take responsibility for oneself.

As a noun fend is

an enemy; fiend; the devil.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en verb)
  • (obsolete) To take hold of; to grasp, hold.
  • * 1885', Presently the cloud opened and behold, within it was that Jinni '''hending in hand a drawn sword, while his eyes were shooting fire sparks of rage. — Sir Richard Burton, ''The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night , vol. 1
  • fend


    Etymology 1

    From (etyl), from (etyl) . More at (l).


    (en noun)
  • An enemy; fiend; the Devil.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl)


    (en verb)
  • To take care of oneself, to take responsibility for oneself.
  • * 1990 , Messrs Howley and Murphy, quoted in U.S. House Subcommittee on Labor Standards, Oversight hearing on the Federal Service Contract Act , U.S. Government Printing Office, page 40,
  • Mr. Howley. They are telling him how much they will increase the reimbursement for the total labor cost. The contractor is left to fend as he can.
    Chairman Murphy. Obviously, he can’t fend for any more than the money he has coming in.
  • * 2003 , Scott Turow Reversible Errors , page 376
  • The planet was full of creatures in need, who could not really fend , and the law was at its best when it ensured that they were treated with dignity.
  • ); to block or push away ((non-gloss definition)).
  • * Dryden
  • With fern beneath to fend the bitter cold.
  • * 1999 , Kuan-chung Lo, Guanzhong Luo, Luo Guanzhong, Moss Roberts, Three Kingdoms: A Historical Novel , page 39
  • He fends , he blocks, too skillful to be downed.
  • * 2002 , Jude Deveraux, A Knight in Shining Armor , page 187
  • “ My age is lot like yours. Lone women do not fare well. If I were not there to fend for you, you—”
    Derived terms
    * fend and prove * fend away * fender * fend for oneself * fend off * forfend


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