- Foist is defined as to pass something off as valuable when it is not, or to trick someone into having or doing something they don't want.
- An example of foist is to advertise a car as in perfect condition when it has bad brakes; to foist the car off on the buyer.
- An example of foist is to get an approval by a committee on an agreement in which changes have been secretly made without the knowledge of the committee members; to foist the approval off on the committee
- to put in slyly or surreptitiously, as a clause into a contract
- to get (a thing) accepted, sold, etc. by fraud, deception, etc.; palm off: with on or upon
Origin of foistprobably ; from dialect, dialectal Dutch vuisten, to hold in the hand; hence, in dicing, to hide or palm in the hand ; from vuist, a fist, akin to fist
transitive verbfoist·ed, foist·ing, foists
- To pass off as genuine, valuable, or worthy: “I can usually tell whether a poet &ellipsis; is foisting off on us what he'd like to think is pure invention” (J.D. Salinger).
- 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.
- To insert fraudulently or deceitfully: foisted unfair provisions into the contract.
Origin of foistProbably Dutch dialectal vuisten, to take in hand, from Middle Dutch, from vuist, fist; see penkwe in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present foists, present participle foisting, simple past and past participle foisted)
Probably from obsolete Dutch vuisten (“to take into one’s hand”), from Middle Dutch vuysten, from vuyst (“fist”); akin to Old English fyst (“fist”).
- (obsolete) A light and fast-sailing ship.
Old French fuste (“stick, boat”), from Latin fustis (“cudgel”).