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

  • A fistfight.
  • The activity of fighting with the fists.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of fisticuff.
  • n. An impromptu fight with the fists, usually between only two people.
  • n. Bare-knuckled boxing, a form of boxing done without boxing gloves or similar padding.

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

  • n. fighting with the fists
  • n. a fight with bare fists


From fisty cuffs : fisty, with the fists (from fist) + cuff2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • Opinions are nearly balanced; the disputants are nearly in a passion; as argument weakens, invective grows stronger; they get from bad to worse; over goes the table, and up jump they to fisty-cuffs.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 8 ch. 9

    October 7, 2008