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- 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
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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Examples from the Web for fice
"'E 'ad a fice like a fifth act at the Surrey," agreed the other.The King of Diamonds
Stamp your bleedin' 'obnyles (hobnails) on his fice, and fetch it hout!The Sky Pilot in No Man's Land
He was named Antony fice Greffoun (Antony, son of the griffin or gripe).Torrent of Portyngale
And Mr. Bayard, sir, 'e ups and laughs fiendish in 'is own father's fice.The Day of Days
Louis Joseph Vance
She was a prettier byby in the fice than any o' the others—sech a lydylike byby she was—we never 'ad no bother with her!
Word Origin and History for fice
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper