Simple Definition of foist
: to force someone to accept (something that is not good or not wanted)
Full Definition of foist
1 a : to introduce or insert surreptitiously or without warrant b : to force another to accept especially by stealth or deceit
2 : to pass off as genuine or worthy <foist costly and valueless products on the public — Jonathan Spivak>
Examples of foist in a sentence
<shopkeepers who foist shoddy souvenirs on unsuspecting tourists>
Did You Know?
An early sense of the word foist, now obsolete, referred to palming a phony die and secretly introducing it into a game at an opportune time. The action involved in this cheating tactic reflects the etymology of foist. The word is believed to derive from the obsolete Dutch verb vuisten, meaning "to take into one's hand." "Vuisten" in turn comes from "vuyst," the Middle Dutch word for "fist" which itself is distantly related to the Old English ancestor of "fist." By the late 16th century "foist" was being used in English to mean "to insert surreptitiously," and it quickly acquired the meaning "to force another to accept by stealth or deceit."
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
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