Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a small mongrel dog, especially one that is ill-tempered; cur; mutt.
verb (used without object)
South Midland U.S. to prance or strut about: Look at him feist around in his new clothes.
Also, fice, fist.

1760–70; compare (from 16th cent.) fisting hound, fisting cur, as contemptuous epithets for any kind of dog (present participle of fist to break wind, late Middle English; compare Old English fisting breaking wind, Middle Low German vīst, German Fist fart); (def 2) perhaps back formation from feisty

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also fist, foul smell, fart, mid-15c. (O.E. had prp. fisting), a general W.Gmc. word; cf. M.Du. veest, Du. vijst (see feisty).
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Feist's voice is gentle but grainy, and full of emotion.
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