from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly Southern U.S. Variant of feist.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small, snappy, belligerent, mixed-breed dog.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small dog; -- written also fise, fyce, fiste, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See extract, and fise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a nervous belligerent little mongrel dog


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  • is anyone else imagining a half-crazed Englishman hissing about his 'nervous belligerent little mongrel dog'? what a turn of phrase!

    September 17, 2009