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Definition of fist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the hand clenched with the fingers doubled into the palm and the thumb doubled inward across the fingers
2 : the hand closed as in grasping : clutch


fisted; fisting; fists

Definition of fist (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to grip with the fist : handle
2 : to clench into a fist

Examples of fist in a Sentence

Noun He pounded his fist on the table in anger. She pounded on the door with both fists. He defiantly shook his fist at the policeman.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun He and Malzahn shared a victorious fist-pump, and Auburn kneeled out the clock before a wave of fans flooded the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Tom Green |, al, "Inside Auburn’s game-sealing, 4th-down gambit in the Iron Bowl," 1 Dec. 2019 The Mastodons started the game blistering from the field, shooting 58 percent in the fist half. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Grand Canyon can't keep pace with hot-shooting Purdue Fort Wayne," 30 Nov. 2019 As Prince, Cecsarini delivers many of the best bits, including a long pantsless scene and some memorable fist-meets-wall encounters. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Next Act's 'Laughter on the 23rd Floor' evokes golden moments in TV comedy," 23 Nov. 2019 Warren plays both sides of the character with authority, shifting gears effortlessly between cringing before Ike’s fists and ruling the stage with a joy that goes well beyond the dutiful. Kyle Smith, National Review, "On the Indestructibility of Tina Turner," 22 Nov. 2019 Asked about the prospect of a toyless Happy Meal, Amber balled her hands into fists. David Yaffe-bellany, New York Times, "One Whopper Jr., Hold the Toy," 20 Nov. 2019 Hasbro Marvel Legends Series Avengers Power Gauntlet The entire EW office lost its damn mind over this massive bejeweled electronic fist from the Thanos (by Thanos) collection. Marc Snetiker,, "EW's 2019 holiday gift guide," 20 Nov. 2019 But her days were packed with fist-pumping for the Sanders campaign, and issues like the minimum wage came up nearly as often as rising temperatures. Lissandra Villa / Coralville, Time, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Boosts Bernie Sanders's Working Class Bonafides," 10 Nov. 2019 The first concussion in the year of concussions was delivered by the right fist of a man whose name I either don’t know or can’t remember. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "My Year of Concussions," 4 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then, the man in the red shirt and another man begin to fist fight. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Anaheim police investigating viral video of violent Disneyland brawl," 8 July 2019 After completing a great ride or an advanced trick, the athlete will fist-pump, or point a cocky finger, or do some version of a touchdown boogie. Jamie Brisick, The New Yorker, "Surfing in the Age of the Omnipresent Camera," 26 Aug. 2019 With the runners going on a full-count pitch, Alonso then fisted a grounder up the middle to drive in Lagares and Altherr for a 3-1 lead. Kollin Miller,, "Mets beat Royals 4-1 behind deGrom, Alonso," 18 Aug. 2019 Rose Lavelle took the corner, then seconds later dribbled through three defenders to take the first shot of the game, which was fisted down with both hands by Telford. Kevin Baxter,, "Women’s World Cup: U.S. defeats England with Megan Rapinoe sidelined," 2 July 2019 Roommate disagreements could quickly escalate to fist fights. Dallas News, "How this Texas college gives every single student help with trauma, mental health," 6 July 2019 Her mom found Hongyue frozen at the kitchen table, hand fisted over her chest, staring down at a pristine sheet of rice paper. Veronica Chambers, New York Times, "Viewfinders: 10 Y.A. Novelists Spin Fiction From Vintage Photos," 28 June 2019 In the midst of it, Ozuna fisted a fastball into left field for a run-scoring single that tied the score 1-1. Maria Torres,, "Griffin Canning keeps his cool, but Angels fall to Cardinals 5-1," 21 June 2019 The government’s response to images of those rescuers at work was ham-fisted, with the Information Ministry calling them a hoax. Washington Post, "When disaster hits, Indonesia’s Islamists are first to help," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of fist


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fist


Middle English, from Old English fȳst; akin to Old High German fūst fist, Polish pięść, and probably to Old English fīf five

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The first known use of fist was before the 12th century

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8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Fist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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How to pronounce fist (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fist

: the hand with its fingers bent down into the palm


\ ˈfist How to pronounce fist (audio) \

Kids Definition of fist

: the hand with the fingers bent tight into the palm


\ ˈfist How to pronounce fist (audio) \

Medical Definition of fist

: the hand clenched with the fingers doubled into the palm and the thumb doubled inward across the fingers

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