Definition of fisticuffs noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfɪstɪkʌfs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪstɪkʌfs//
[plural] (old-fashioned or humorous)
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a fight in which people hit each other with their fists Word Originearly 17th cent.: probably from obsolete fisty ‘relating to the fists or to fist fighting’ + cuff ‘strike (someone) with an open hand’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fisticuffs