feist

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feist

 (fīst) also fice (fīs)
n. Chiefly Southern US
A small mongrel dog.

[Variant of obsolete fist, short for fisting dog, from Middle English fisting, a blowing, breaking wind, from Old English fīsting; see pezd- in Indo-European roots.]
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feist

(faɪst)
n
informal dialect US a small dog
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feist

(faɪst)

n.
Chiefly Dial. a small mongrel dog, esp. one that is spirited or pugnacious.
[1760–70; compare (from 16th century) contemptuous epithets for a dog (present participle of fist to break wind, late Middle English)]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.feist - a nervous belligerent little mongrel dog
cur, mutt, mongrel - an inferior dog or one of mixed breed
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According to Osborn, "Treeing Feist is a catchall name that includes various types of small dogs that have proven treeing ability." Some people use the term "feist" or "fyce" to refer to any small mongrel dog.
At second sight, sprawled beneath the bear in an effort to rescue his fyce, Ike therefore aptly assumes a near fetal posture: [I]t seemed to him that he was directly under the bear.
It was his own, a mongrel of the sort called by Negroes a fyce, a ratter, itself not much bigger than a rat and possessing that bravery which had long since stopped being courage and had become foolhardiness.