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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fis-ti-kuhf]
    • /ˈfɪs tɪˌkʌf/
    • /ˈfɪs.ti.kʌfs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fis-ti-kuhf]
    • /ˈfɪs tɪˌkʌf/

Definitions of fisticuffs word

  • noun fisticuffs a cuff or blow with the fist. 1
  • noun fisticuffs fisticuffs, combat with the fists. 1
  • noun fisticuffs Fighting with the fists. 1
  • uncountable noun fisticuffs Fisticuffs is fighting in which people try to hit each other with their fists. 0
  • noun plural fisticuffs combat with the fists 0
  • noun plural fisticuffs the act or skill of fighting with the fists 0

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Origin of fisticuffs

First appearance:

before 1595
One of the 38% oldest English words
1595-1605; earlier fisty cuff. See fist1, -y1, cuff2

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Parts of speech for Fisticuffs


fisticuffs popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 50% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

fisticuffs usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fisticuffs

noun fisticuffs

  • boxing — Boxing is a sport in which two people wearing large padded gloves fight according to special rules.
  • fight — a battle or combat.
  • fistfight — a fight using bare fists.
  • encounter — Unexpectedly experience or be faced with (something difficult or hostile).

Top questions with fisticuffs

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