Pronunciation Adjective

fremd (comparative fremder, superlative fremdest)

  1. (rare, chiefly, dialectal) Strange, unusual, out of the ordinary; unfamiliar.
    a fremd day
    Something fremd has been going on here.
    A fremd man this.
    • 1892, Haldane Burgess, Rasmie's Büddie, 43:
      Pits it i' da fremd-man's hert.
  2. (rare, chiefly, dialectal) Not kin, unrelated; foreign.
    • 1851, Mrs. Oliphant (Margaret), Passages in the life of Mrs. Margaret Maitland of Sunnyside:
      [...] seeing that they were fremd in heart, if they were kin in blood.
    • 1868, Legh Knight, Tonic Bitters: A Novel, page 181:
      The doctor went up to the bed, and said, firmly, " Miss Garnock, you must not keep Mr. Yonge any longer." "Who'll he be that comes meddling between me and my Tar?" shrieked the patient. "Mither, bid yon fremd body gang his ways. I'll no be fashed wi' him the day."
    • 1873, Blackwood's Edinburgh magazine:
      [...] and if I'm to be no more hereafter to them that belong to me, than to legions of strange angels, or a whole nation of fremd folk!
    • 1873, Heathergate, Heathergate, page 66:
      There's room for everybody in the world, I suppose, and something for everybody to do, and it behoves them that have few kin to make the more friends of fremd folk.
    • 1875, John Howard Nodal, George Milner, A glossary of the Lancashire dialect:
      Thus, a person living with a family to whom he is not related is termed "a fremd body." If it were asked, "Is he akin to you?" the answer would be, "Nawe, he's fremd," i.e. "he's one of us, but not a relation."
  3. (obsolete) Wild; untamed.

fremd (plural fremds)

  1. (rare or dialectal) A stranger; someone who is not a relative; a guest.
  2. (archaic or obsolete) An enmity.

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