Synonyms of fence in English:


See definition of fence


1‘she crept through a gap in the fence’


barrier, paling, railing, rail, bar, hurdle, enclosure

wall, hedge, hedgerow, windbreak, groyne, partition

barricade, stockade, palisade, rampart, protection, defence

rare circumvallation

2‘he was an accomplished fence, dealing mainly in jewellery’


receiver of stolen goods, dealer in stolen goods

receiver, dealer, trafficker



1‘they intend to fence off many acres of wild land’


enclose, surround, circumscribe, encircle, circle, encompass, bound, form a barrier around, form a ring round

divide up, section off, separate off, partition off, cut off, cordon off, close off, isolate, segregate, seal, close

literary gird, girdle, engird

rare compass

2‘he needed more wire to fence in his chickens’


confine, pen in, coop up, rail in, box in, wall in, hedge in, hem in, close in, shut in, shut up, mew up, immure, lock in, shut off, separate off, cut off

intern, impound, hold captive, keep under lock and key

enclose, surround, kettle

secure, protect, defend

North American corral

3‘the man fenced but Jim persisted with his questions’


be evasive, be vague, be ambiguous, be non-committal, equivocate, prevaricate, stall, vacillate, quibble, hedge, beat about the bush, dodge the issue, sidestep the issue, parry questions, fudge the issue, mince one's words

informal pussyfoot around, duck the question, duck the issue, waffle, flannel, shilly-shally

rare palter, tergiversate

4‘these fellows fenced for a band of grave robbers’


receive stolen goods, deal in stolen goods


    (sitting) on the fence

      ‘they were on the fence about the whole issue’


      undecided, uncommitted, uncertain, unsure, vacillating, wavering, dithering, hesitant, tentative, doubtful, irresolute, ambivalent, torn, in two minds, in a dilemma, on the horns of a dilemma, in a quandary


      neutral, impartial, non-aligned, non-partisan, unbiased, open-minded


      humming and hawing

      iffy, blowing hot and cold