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Dictionary Definition

fist n : a hand with the fingers clenched in the palm (as for hitting) [syn: clenched fist]

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From Old English fȳst. Cognate with Dutch vuist, Old High German fūst, German faust, and probably to Latin pugnus, Greek fist, with the fist. Compare with pugnacious, pigmy.


  • fĭst, /fɪst/, /fIst/
  • Rhymes: -ɪst


  1. hand with the fingers clenched or curled inward
    The boxer's fists rained down on his opponent in the last round.
  2. the pointing hand symbol
  3. the characteristic signaling rhythm of an individual telegraph or CW operator when sending Morse code


clenched hand
(printing) the pointing hand symbol
(ham radio) the characteristic signaling rhythm


  1. to strike with the fist
    ...may not score a point with his open hand(s), but may score a point by fisting the ball. Damian Cullen. "Running the rule." The Irish Times 18 Aug 2003, pg. 52.
  2. to fist-fuck

See also


to strike with the fist

Extensive Definition

fist in Spanish: Puño
fist in Japanese: 拳
fist in Dutch: Vuist
fist in Portuguese: Punho
fist in Russian: Кулак (рука)
fist in Vietnamese: Nắm đấm
fist in Yiddish: פויסט
fist in Tagalog: Kamao

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