- a robbery or holdup: Four men were involved in the armored car heist.
- to take unlawfully, especially in a robbery or holdup; steal: to heist a million dollars' worth of jewels.
- to rob or hold up.
Origin of heist
Related Words for heisterburglar, sniper, pickpocket, bandit, crook, swindler, criminal, pirate, robber, mugger, prowler, clip, cheat, hijacker, punk, plunderer, kleptomaniac, pilferer, larcenist, stealer
Examples from the Web for heister
Historical Examples of heister
I believe there is no disposition in any party to re-elect Heister.The Life of Albert Gallatin
Then he tuk me to a heister, and landed us next to the roof.
Mr. Heister, one of the same kind, from 1,400 inhabitants of Berks County.
The instrument was not found in Dionis , but it did appear in Heister and in Garengeot .
A word must be said of the later writers such as Par (1509-90), Scultetus , and Heister .Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times
John Stewart Milne
- a robbery
- (tr) to steal or burgle
Word Origin for heist
Word Origin and History for heister
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.