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[kee-ster] /ˈki stər/
noun, Slang.
the buttocks; rump.
Origin of keister
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. Unabridged
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  • Now, Tuttle, set down that there keister of yours—that gripsack—and listen.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for keister


noun (slang, mainly US)
the rump; buttocks
a suitcase, trunk, or box
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for 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 (northern form of chest) or its German cognate Kiste "chest, box." The connection may be via pickpocket slang sense of "rear trouser pocket" (1930s).

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Slang definitions & phrases for keister



  1. The buttocks; rump; ass: I've had it up to my keister with these leaks/What a sensation; we'll knock them on their keister (1931+)
  2. A rear trousers pocket (1930s+ Pickpockets)
  3. A suitcase that opens into a display of goods: the typical ''keister'' of the street hawker (1930s+ Hawkers)
  4. A safe; strongbox; crib (1914+ Underworld)

[fr British dialect kist or German Kiste, ''chest, box,'' transferred to the buttocks perhaps by the pickpocket sense or by the notion that something may be concealed in the rectum]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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