transitive verb \ˈfist\

: to force someone to accept (something that is not good or not wanted)

Full Definition of FOIST

a :  to introduce or insert surreptitiously or without warrant
b :  to force another to accept especially by stealth or deceit
:  to pass off as genuine or worthy <foist costly and valueless products on the public — Jonathan Spivak>

Examples of FOIST

  1. <shopkeepers who foist shoddy souvenirs on unsuspecting tourists>

Origin of FOIST

probably from obsolete Dutch vuisten to take into one's hand, from Middle Dutch vuysten, from vuyst fist; akin to Old English fȳst fist
First Known Use: circa 1587

Rhymes with FOIST


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