Other Word Forms of Keister
Origin of Keister
Origin uncertain. Originally attested as a criminal cant word for "burglar's tool-box" in 1881. In the XX century a clutch of criminal slang meanings are mentioned, including "safe, strongbox". "Tripe and keister" had been the phrase for a conman's or a pitchman's display case on a tripod.
Earlier satchel, suitcase ultimately from German Kiste box, case (also buttocks, anus, in German slang) from Middle High German box, case from Old High German kista from Latin cista chest
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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