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fist1

[fist] /fɪst/
noun
1.
the hand closed tightly, with the fingers doubled into the palm.
2.
Informal. the hand.
3.
Informal. a person's handwriting.
4.
Printing. index (def 8).
verb (used with object)
5.
to make (one's hand) into a fist.
6.
to grasp in the fist.
Origin of fist1
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English fȳst; cognate with German Faust fist; perhaps akin to five

fist2

[fahyst] /faɪst/
noun
1.

feist

or fice, fist

[fahyst] /faɪst/
noun
1.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a small mongrel dog, especially one that is ill-tempered; cur; mutt.
verb (used without object)
2.
South Midland U.S. to prance or strut about:
Look at him feist around in his new clothes.
Origin
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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  • They had reached us while our host was down, even while my fist was still clenched.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • He felt his own fist tingle as he returned the effort with interest.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He shook his fist at them savagely, then disappeared like a flash into the woods.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • There was a thud as his fist hit the rickety, squeaking table in the center of the room.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • The lanky youth turned and shook his fist at him, as if threatening to settle the score at a later day.

    Neighbors Unknown Charles G. D. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for fist

fist

/fɪst/
noun
1.
a hand with the fingers clenched into the palm, as for hitting
2.
Also called fistful. the quantity that can be held in a fist or hand
3.
an informal word for hand, index (sense 9)
verb
4.
(transitive) to hit with the fist
Word Origin
Old English fӯst; related to Old Frisian fest, Old Saxon, Old High German fūst; see five
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Word Origin and History for fist
n.

Old English fyst, from West Germanic *fustiz (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German fust, Old Frisian fest, Middle Dutch vuust, Dutch vuist, German Faust), from Proto-Germanic *fukhstiz, probably ultimately from PIE *penkwe- "five" (cf. Old Church Slavonic pesti, Russian piasti "fist").

feist

n.

also fist, "a breaking wind, foul smell, fart," mid-15c. (Old English had present participle fisting), a general West Germanic word; cf. Middle Dutch veest, Dutch vijst (see feisty).

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Slang definitions & phrases for fist

fist

noun

  1. The hand used for operating a telegraphic key (1930s+ Telegraphers & radio operators)
  2. A signature (1842+)

Related Terms

make money hand over fist

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Idioms and Phrases with fist

fist

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