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


or fice fist



Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a small mongrel dog, especially one that is ill-tempered; cur; mutt.

verb (used without object)

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fisted

Historical Examples of fisted

  • Left alone, Miss Clayton put her elbows on her knees and her chin on her fisted hands and thought it over.

    Ladies and Gentlemen 

    Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb

  • He laughed, fisted in his pocket, drew out the lumpy automatic and leisurely pushed the lever to "safe."

    Between Friends

    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for fisted



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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Word Origin and History for fisted



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).



Old English fyst, from West Germanic *fustiz (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German fust, Old Frisian fest, Middle Dutch vuust, Dutch vuist, German Faust), from Proto-Germanic *fukhstiz, probably ultimately from PIE *penkwe- "five" (cf. Old Church Slavonic pesti, Russian piasti "fist").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with fisted


see hand over fist.

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