Definition of Fisticuffs

1. Noun. A fight with bare fists.

Exact synonyms: Fistfight, Slugfest
Generic synonyms: Combat, Fight, Fighting, Scrap
Specialized synonyms: Punch-up
Derivative terms: Fistfight



2. Noun. Fighting with the fists.

Definition of Fisticuffs

1. Noun. (plural of fisticuff) ¹

2. Noun. (plurale tantum informal) An impromptu fight with the fists, usually between only two people. ¹

3. Noun. (plurale tantum sports dated) Bare-knuckled boxing, a form of boxing done without boxing gloves or similar padding. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Fisticuffs

1. fisticuff [n] - See also: fisticuff

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fisticuffs

fistfighter
fistfighters
fistfighting
fistfights
fistfought
fistful
fistfuls
fistiana
fistic
fistical
fisticuff
fisticuffed
fisticuffer
fisticuffers
fisticuffing
fisticuffs (current term)
fistier
fistiest
fisting
fistings
fistinut
fistinuts
fistlike
fistmele
fistmeles
fistnote
fistnotes
fistounia
fists
fistsful

Literary usage of Fisticuffs

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1. Recollection of Men and Things at Washington: During the Third of a Century by Lawrence Augustus Gobright (1869)
"... HARMLESS DUELS — " HONORABLES " — fisticuffs IN THE "BEAR GARDEN"—THE ATTEMPT TO SHOOT JACKSON — A PRINTERS' COLLEGE — PRINTERS' RIOT—RAT KILLING! ..."

2. Scenes and Studies of Savage Life by Gilbert Malcolm Sproat (1868)
"Winter the time for Feasts—Domestic Manners ; Fondness for Jokes and Gossip—Rarity of Serious Quarrels ; Ignorance of fisticuffs—Unwillingness to ..."

3. Club Makers and Club Members by Thomas Hay Sweet Escott (1914)
"... convives, and fisticuffs at the "Cocoa Tree "—The "Cocoa Tree's " conversion from pub. to club—Edward Gibbon in its club days—Nineteenth-century slate ..."

4. English Synonyms: Explained and Illustrated by J. H. A. Günther (1904)
"BLOW, STROKE, SLAP, CUFF, fisticuffs, BUFFET, STRIPE. Blow - a blow is sudden and violent and ... fisticuffs (always in the plural) - blows with the fist. ..."

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