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or fice fist

  1. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a small mongrel dog, especially one that is ill-tempered; cur; mutt.
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verb (used without object)
  1. South Midland U.S. to prance or strut about: Look at him feist around in his new clothes.
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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

Historical Examples

  • "'E 'ad a fice like a fifth act at the Surrey," agreed the other.

    The King of Diamonds

    Louis Tracy

  • Stamp your bleedin' 'obnyles (hobnails) on his fice, and fetch it hout!

  • He was named Antony fice Greffoun (Antony, son of the griffin or gripe).

  • 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).

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