plural -s
: a blow with the fist or hand
fisticuffs plural but singular or plural in construction : a fight with the fists : boxing
intervillage or camp disputes were settled by fisticuffsR. P. Schaedel

Word History


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

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fisticuff was in 1600

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“Fisticuff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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