Origin of chest
Examples from the Web for chestful
Historical Examples of chestful
They burnt a monastery in the plain and ransacked a chestful of correspondence.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
But I love to have money in cash, rather than a chestful of fine clothes.The Fortunate Mistress (Parts 1 and 2)
A second—half a second longer, and I should have shipped a mouthful, perhaps a chestful of water.Parkhurst Boys
Talbot Baines Reed
- the front part of the trunk from the neck to the bellyRelated adjective: pectoral
- (as modifier)a chest cold
- the place in which a public or charitable institution deposits its funds
- the funds so deposited
Word Origin for chest
Old English cest "box, coffer, casket," from Proto-Germanic *kista (cf. Old Norse and Old High German kista, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, German kiste, Dutch kist), an early borrowing from Latin cista "chest, box," from Greek kiste "a box, basket," from PIE *kista "woven container." Meaning extended to "thorax" 1520s, replacing breast (n.), on the metaphor of the ribs as a box for the organs. Chest of drawers is from 1590s.
see off one's chest; play one's cards close to one's chest.