Fistfights vs Fisticuffs - What's the difference?

fistfights | fisticuffs |

As nouns the difference between fistfights and fisticuffs

is that fistfights is while fisticuffs is .

As a verb fistfights

is (fistfight).




  • Verb

  • (fistfight)
  • fisticuffs



  • English plurals
  • (plurale tantum, informal) An impromptu fight with the fists, usually between only two people.
  • * 1881 , ,"
  • People who share a cell in the Basti[l]le if they do not immediately fall to fisticuffs , will find some possible ground of compromise.
  • * 1890 ,
  • (plurale tantum, sports, dated) Bare-knuckled boxing, a form of boxing done without boxing gloves or similar padding.
  • * 1870 ,
  • In his college days of athletic exercises, Mr. Crisparkle had known professors of the Noble Art of fisticuffs ,


    * brawl, fight, fist-fight, punch-up * (bare-knuckled boxing) prizefighting

    See also

    * boxing * fighting