Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To pass off as genuine, valuable, or worthy: "I can usually tell whether a poet . . . is foisting off on us what he'd like to think is pure invention” ( J.D. Salinger).
  • transitive v. To impose (something or someone unwanted) upon another by coercion or trickery: They had extra work foisted on them because they couldn't say no to the boss.
  • transitive v. To insert fraudulently or deceitfully: foisted unfair provisions into the contract.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To introduce or insert surreptitiously or without warrant.
  • v. To force another to accept especially by stealth or deceit.
  • v. To pass off as genuine or worthy.
  • n. A thief or pickpocket.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A light and fast-sailing ship.
  • transitive v. To insert surreptitiously, wrongfully, or without warrant; to interpolate; to pass off (something spurious or counterfeit) as genuine, true, or worthy; -- usually followed by in.
  • n. A foister; a sharper.
  • n. A trick or fraud; a swindle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A breaking wind without noise: same as fist, 1.
  • n. A puffball.
  • n. A sly trick; a juggle; an imposition.
  • n. A cheat; a sharper.
  • n. A cutpurse; a pickpocket. Also foister.
  • To work in by a trick; thrust in wrongfully, surreptitiously, or without warrant; insert or obtrude fraudulently or by imposition; pass or palm off as genuine or worthy: followed by in or into before the thing affected, and by upon before the person: as, to foist a spurious document upon one.
  • To falsify or make fraudulent by some insertion; cog, as a die.
  • To smell musty: same as fust.
  • Same as foisty.
  • n. A light and fast-sailing ship.

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

  • v. insert surreptitiously or without warrant
  • v. to force onto another

Etymologies

Probably Dutch dialectal vuisten, to take in hand, from Middle Dutch, from vuist, fist; see penkwe in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from obsolete Dutch vuisten ("to take into one’s hand"), from Middle Dutch vuysten, from vuyst ("fist"); akin to Old English fyst ("fist"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Besides, I'm one of those strange people who prefers live versions of songs over the over produced studio recordings the labels foist upon the artists.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • While it could be interesting, one may hope GoOgle will not foist aka force it upon gmail users.

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  • The 84-year-old leader caused outrage in October 2005 when he used a speech at the FAO to tell donor nations not to "foist" food on Zimbabwe and compared the then British premier Tony Blair to Italy's wartime dictator, Benito Mussolini.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • I'd love to have someone "foist" something as nice as that on me!

    Caron 3eme Homme

  • It is a little unusual, in fact, more than a little unusual that they didn't have the complaint filed and that the police went out there and are now going to kind of foist it upon the DA's office.

    CNN Transcript Apr 19, 2002

  • Dewar supported the back-to-work bill, saying if the city and the union would not go to arbitration voluntarily Parliament would "foist" it upon them.

    Ottawa Sun

  • If we can't "foist" religious values on our young why should we be able to foist any kind of "man made" relative belief in the worth of any kind of values?

    Drudge Retort

  • You would think the miserable little people who foist this politically correct left wing stupidity upon us would considering applying for citizenship elsewhere.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Quite a Warning Label

  • Everyone from Ickes to retired General Pershing to Eleanor Roosevelt to even his brother Vincent tried to foist friends or relatives on him, many the Army had rejected as physically unfit.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • I hope Durbin chokes on the monstrosity that they are trying to ram through congress and foist upon the American people.

    Democrats point to 'Smoking Tweet' in GOP stalling health care

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  • Rather than do the task he was assigned, Jim tried to foist it on one of the newer employees.

    November 20, 2007

  • Eewwww.

    September 7, 2007

  • Foist - To be fat and moist at the same time.

    "George was foist when he got out of the shower."

    September 6, 2007