verb (used with object)
  1. to force upon or impose fraudulently or unjustifiably (usually followed by on or upon): to foist inferior merchandise on a customer.
  2. to bring, put, or introduce surreptitiously or fraudulently (usually followed by in or into): to foist political views into a news story.

Origin of foist

1535–45; < Dutch dialect vuisten, derivative of vuist fist1
Related formsun·foist·ed, adjective


[foh-iz-uh m]
  1. Chinese Buddhism.

Origin of Foïsm

Related formsFo·ïst, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. Chinese Buddhism, the version introduced from India from the 4th century ad onwards and essentially belonging to the Mahayana school
Derived FormsFoist, noun, adjective

Word Origin for Foism

from Mandarin Chinese fo Buddha


verb (tr)
  1. (often foll by off or on) to sell or pass off (something, esp an inferior article) as genuine, valuable, etc
  2. (usually foll by in or into) to insert surreptitiously or wrongfully

Word Origin for foist

C16: probably from obsolete Dutch vuisten to enclose in one's hand, from Middle Dutch vuist fist
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Word Origin and History for foists



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.

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