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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 Without a crazy concept to point toward, Piccard would have just been another person frustrated by our governments’ lack of urgency or action, shaking his fist at the sky. Georgia Frances King, Quartz, "The secret to making people care about climate change is surprisingly simple," 15 Aug. 2019 Todd runs his family just like his business – with an iron fist – and micromanages every move and expenditure made by each member of the Chrisley clan., "Reality show star indicted on tax evasion, wire fraud, other charges," 13 Aug. 2019 Soon enough, the defending champion was bellowing and shaking his fist after putting away an overhead to go up a break in the third set. Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "Novak Djokovic gets by Roberto Bautista Agut to reach sixth Wimbledon final," 12 July 2019 The reboot, a satire for the modern era, is said to chronicle the adventures of the Freeman family against the evil local government tyrant Uncle Ruckus, who rules the fictional Woodcrest County, Maryland with an iron fist. Nick Romano,, "The Boondocks reboot in the works with original series creator," 12 June 2019 The cramps were unbearable, weighing me down like an iron fist. Calle Hack, Good Housekeeping, "My Period Pain Was Unbearable for Years. Turns Out, There Was a Monster Growing Inside Me.," 27 Apr. 2018 In the first shot, the couple are all smiles, and in the second photo, Foster pumps his fist while his wife throws up the rock-and-roll hand gesture. Ashley Boucher,, "Chelsea Tyler and Jon Foster Announce They're Expecting Their First Child: 'Coming Feb 2020!'," 16 Sep. 2019 Bauer let out a yell to celebrate the out as Barnhart, the catcher, pumped his fist. Bobby Nightengale,, "Eugenio Suárez blasts 2 home runs in Cincinnati Reds win, tied for MLB lead," 16 Sep. 2019 His men took the lead versus fierce rivals Norwich City, McCarthy defiantly pumping his fist before shouting some choice words at the crowd., "8 of the Most Controversial Celebrations in Football History," 12 Sep. 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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27 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for fist

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

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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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