See Also: fend(1)(dictionary)
Fend Off - Sailing(gambling)
fend verb. ME.
[Aphet. from DEFEND.]
verb trans. & intrans. = DEFEND. Now arch. & poet. ME.
fend and prove (now dial.) argue, wrangle.
verb trans. Keep from or away, ward off. Now usu. foll. by off. LME.
C. Rycroft Go to bed with hot Horlick's malted milk to fend off night starvation.
verb trans. Forbid; prevent (from). Cf. FAIN verb2. obsolete exc. dial. LME.
verb intrans. Make an effort, strive, struggle. M16.
D. H. Lawrence A man has to fend and fettle for the best.
b. Foll. by for: look after, provide for (usu. oneself). E17.
G. Swift We don't need him any more..we can fend for ourselves.
c. Fare, manage. Scot. & dial. E18.
verb trans. Support, maintain. Chiefly Scot. & dial. M17.
Sir W. Scott They are puirly armed, and warse fended wi' victual.
fendy adjective (dial.) resourceful, managing; active: E18.
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