fist bump

noun

: a gesture in which two people bump their fists together (as in greeting or celebration)
fist-bump verb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Edam Rodriguez gets a fist bump from Donovan Mitchell after being invited to participate in pregame shootaround in 2021. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Jan. 2023 Officials did not say that Mr. Biden regretted the fist bump with Prince Mohammed, which represented his decision to move on from his stated goal of making Saudi Arabia pay a price for the grisly killing and dismemberment of Mr. Khashoggi. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, 5 Oct. 2022 But when unexpected moments happen, like a fist bump (3) between Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and Police Commissioner Michael Cox, a routine press conference can become a moment of solidarity and friendship. April Austin, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Dec. 2022 Following the conversation, the astrophysicist asked for a fist bump but gave an awkward two-handed limp touch that showed the limits of the technology. Marco Quiroz-gutierrez, Fortune, 18 Aug. 2022 Beyond the fist bump, photos quickly emerged of a bilateral US-Saudi meeting not unlike dozens Biden has conducted in the last 18 months. BostonGlobe.com, 15 July 2022 Keith Lee ignored a fist bump from Swerve Strickland, and this did not go ignored on commentary. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 Getting down on his level, establishing eye contact, and offering a high-five or a fist bump might be a good start. Amy Dickinson, Chicago Tribune, 2 Nov. 2022 Getting down on his level, establishing eye contact, and offering a high-five or a fist bump might be a good start. Amy Dickinson, cleveland, 2 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1996, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fist bump was in 1996

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Cite this Entry

“Fist bump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fist%20bump. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

fist bump

noun
: a gesture in which two people bump their fists together (as in greeting or celebration)
fist-bump verb
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