keister

keister

[kee-ster]
noun Slang.
the buttocks; rump.
Also, keester.


Origin:
1880–85; earlier, as underworld argot, handbag, suitcase, safe; of obscure origin, but words meaning “chest, box” are frequently adduced as sources, e.g., kist1, German Kiste, Yiddish kestl, etc.

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keister or keester (ˈkiːstə)
 
n
1.  the rump; buttocks
2.  a suitcase, trunk, or box
 
[C20: of uncertain origin]
 
keester or keester
 
n
 
[C20: of uncertain origin]

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keister
"buttocks," 1931, perhaps transferred from underworld meaning "safe, strongbox" (1914), earlier "a burglar's toolkit that can be locked" (1881); probably from British dialect kist (c.1300, northern form of chest, from O.N. kista) or its Ger. cognate Kiste "chest, box." The connection may be via pickpocket
slang sense of "rear trouser pocket" (1930s).
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