- the hand closed tightly, with the fingers doubled into the palm.
- Informal. the hand.
- Informal. a person's handwriting.
- Printing. index(def 8).
- to make (one's hand) into a fist.
- to grasp in the fist.
Origin of fist1
or fice fist
- Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a small mongrel dog, especially one that is ill-tempered; cur; mutt.
- South Midland U.S. to prance or strut about: Look at him feist around in his new clothes.
Origin of feist
Examples from the Web for fist
Last year he lunged at me with his fist and threatened to kill me again.I Was Pregnant When He Hit Me. Here's #WhyIStayed.
September 10, 2014
He grabbed a fist full of hair in one take, and we were pretty banged up by the end of it.Patricia Arquette Uncut: Drunken Mischief with Johnny Depp, ‘True Romance’ Crush, and ‘Boyhood’
July 16, 2014
So, I haul off and belt him, two or three times, with my fist.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
June 28, 2014
The policeman, now yelling and shaking his fist, started to exit his pillbox and walk toward me.My Search for the Taliban Five
June 15, 2014
He listened to her thoughtfully, his chin resting on his fist.Christie Finally Finds a Crowd That Doesn’t Care About Bridgegate
February 21, 2014
No stones or other missiles were used; the battle was fist to fist.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Had his fist in my face before I could get my finger on the trigger.
He felt his own fist tingle as he returned the effort with interest.
There was a thud as his fist hit the rickety, squeaking table in the center of the room.
Garson brought his fist down on the table with a force that made the glasses jingle.Within the Law
- (tr) to hit with the fist
Word Origin and History for fist
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").
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).
Idioms and Phrases with fist
see hand over fist.