fist

1
[ fist ]
/ fɪst /

noun

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.

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Origin of fist

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

Definition for fisting (2 of 2)

feist

or fice fist

[ fahyst ]
/ faɪst /

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for fisting

fist
/ (fɪst) /

noun

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)

verb

(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 fisting

fist

see hand over fist.

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