[ fis-ti-kuhf ]
See synonyms for: fisticufffisticuffs on

  1. a cuff or blow with the fist.

  2. fisticuffs, combat with the fists.

verb (used with or without object)
  1. to strike or fight with the fists.

Origin of fisticuff

1595–1605; earlier fisty cuff.See fist1, -y1, cuff2

Other words from fisticuff

  • fist·i·cuff·er, noun

Words Nearby fisticuff Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fisticuff in a sentence

  • An English traveler came upon two men engaged in a fisticuff fight.

    Serbia: A Sketch | Helen Leah Reed
  • The boys had constant fisticuff fights, and the master enjoyed and encouraged them.

    All the Days of My Life: An Autobiography | Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • If the end is something else, a hearty fisticuff may be the means of realizing it.

    Six Major Prophets | Edwin Emery Slosson