Definition of foe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//fəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//foʊ//
(old-fashioned or formal)
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an enemy Word OriginOld English fāh ‘hostile’ and gefā ‘enemy’, of West Germanic origin; related to feud.Extra examples He knew that Carlton could be an implacable foe. His newspaper articles criticized friend and foe alike. In the final the play against their old foes, Italy. She had fought many battles, vanquished many foes. She was unsure as yet whether he was friend or foe. to join forces against a common foe
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