[ fist ]
/ fɪst /


the hand closed tightly, with the fingers doubled into the palm.
Informal. the hand.
Informal. a person's handwriting.
Printing. index (def. 8).

verb (used with object)

to make (one's hand) into a fist.
to grasp in the fist.

Origin of fist

before 900; Middle English; Old English fȳst; cognate with German Faust fist; perhaps akin to five

Definition for fist (2 of 2)

[ fahyst ]
/ faɪst /

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British Dictionary definitions for fist

/ (fɪst) /


a hand with the fingers clenched into the palm, as for hitting
Also called: fistful the quantity that can be held in a fist or hand
an informal word for hand, index (def. 9)


(tr) to hit with the fist

Word Origin for fist

Old English fӯst; related to Old Frisian fest, Old Saxon, Old High German fūst; see five
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Idioms and Phrases with fist


see hand over fist.

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