\ ˈfīst How to pronounce feist (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈfīs How to pronounce fice (audio) \ or fyce \ ˈfīs How to pronounce fyce (audio) \

Definition of feist

chiefly dialectal
: a small dog

Examples of feist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lacking a tail doesn’t diminish a feist’s value to its owner. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, "Hunting With Dogs is the Best Way to Bag Late-Winter Squirrels," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of feist

1770, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for feist

obsolete fisting hound, from obsolete fist to break wind

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“Feist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feist. Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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