[ hahyst ]
/ haɪst /


a robbery or holdup: Four men were involved in the armored car heist.

verb (used with object)

to take unlawfully, especially in a robbery or holdup; steal: to heist a million dollars' worth of jewels.
to rob or hold up.

Nearby words

  1. heirship,
  2. heisenberg,
  3. heisenberg uncertainty principle,
  4. heisenberg, werner,
  5. heiss,
  6. heitiki,
  7. heitler,
  8. hejab,
  9. hejaz,
  10. hejiang

Origin of heist

1925–30, Americanism; alteration of hoist

Related formsheist·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for heist


/ (haɪst) slang, mainly US and Canadian /


a robbery


(tr) to steal or burgle
Derived Formsheister, noun

Word Origin for heist

variant of hoist

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Word Origin and History for heist



1927 (in heister "shoplifter, thief"), American English slang, probably a dialectal alteration of hoist "lift," in sense of "shoplift," also in older British slang "to lift another on one's shoulders to help him break in." As a noun, from 1936.

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