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fist

noun \ ˈfist \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of fist

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
3 : index 5

Examples of fist in a Sentence

  1. He pounded his fist on the table in anger.

  2. She pounded on the door with both fists.

  3. He defiantly shook his fist at the policeman.

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Origin and Etymology of 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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fist

verb

Definition of fist

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

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First Known Use of fist

1607



FIST Defined for English Language Learners

fist

noun

Definition of fist for English Language Learners

  • : the hand with its fingers bent down into the palm


FIST Defined for Kids

fist

noun \ ˈfist \

Definition of fist for Students

: the hand with the fingers bent tight into the palm

Medical Dictionary

fist

noun \ ˈfist \

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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