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  1. a thrust with a weapon.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to thrust with a weapon; lunge.
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Origin of foin

1325–75; Middle English (v.), apparently < Old French foine fish spear < Latin fuscina
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Examples from the Web for foin

Historical Examples

  • But on the other side, above Athenry, 'tis there ye'll see the foin shootin'.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • Rue du Foin runs where hay was once made in the fields of the palace park.

    Historic Paris

    Jetta S. Wolff

  • They cut, thrust, and foin as fiercely as fifty Francalanzas, and are continually shouting on Saint George.

  • And then king Arthur smote Sir Mordred under the shield, with a foin of his spear throughout the body more than a fathom.

  • The rumor came back to his own district that he was "talkin' foin," and many of his friends there turned out to hear him.

British Dictionary definitions for foin


  1. a thrust or lunge with a weapon
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  1. to thrust with a weapon
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Word Origin

C14: probably from Old French foine, from Latin fuscina trident
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