fisticuff

[ fis-ti-kuhf ]
/ ˈfɪs tɪˌkʌf /

noun

a cuff or blow with the fist.
fisticuffs, combat with the fists.

verb (used with or without object)

to strike or fight with the fists.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. fist pump,
  2. fistfight,
  3. fistful,
  4. fistiana,
  5. fistic,
  6. fisticuffs,
  7. fistmele,
  8. fistnote,
  9. fistula,
  10. fistulation

Origin of fisticuff

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

Related formsfist·i·cuff·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for fisticuffs

fisticuffs

/ (ˈfɪstɪˌkʌfs) /

pl n

combat with the fists

Word Origin for fisticuffs

C17: probably from fisty with the fist + cuff ²

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Word Origin and History for fisticuffs

fisticuffs

n.

c.1600, from fist (n.) + cuff, perhaps in imitation of handiwork. Related: Fisticuff.

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