verb (used with object)
Origin of foist
Origin of Foïsm
Examples from the Web for foists
Historical Examples of foists
He likewise landed an ample supply of powder and ball, and left a Sanjak with 500 Turks and five foists.
Upon this our success, the enemy sent down four other foists to help those who were already engaged against us.
Discouraged by this defeat, the Mahometans assailed our twelve foists with all their force, and carried them away.
Word Origin for Foism
Word Origin for foist
1540s, from Dutch vuisten "take in hand," from Middle Dutch vuist "fist" (see fist). Earliest sense was cheating at dice by concealing a loaded one in the palm of the hand with the intention of introducing it into play; meaning "introduce surreptitiously" is from 1560s. Related: Foisted; foisting.