fisticuff

noun fist·i·cuff \ˈfistə̇ˌkəf, -tēˌ-\

Definition of fisticuff

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a blow with the fist or hand

  2. 2 fisticuffs plural but singular or plural in construction :  a fight with the fists :  boxing intervillage or camp disputes were settled by fisticuffs — R. P. Schaedel

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Origin and Etymology of fisticuff

alteration of earlier fisty cuff, from fisty + cuff (blow)


First Known Use: 1600


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