Foin

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Foin A kind of fur, black at the top on a whitish ground, taken from the ferret or weasel of the same name. "He came to the stake in a fair black gown furred and faced with foins ."
    • n Foin A pass in fencing; a lunge.
    • Foin (Zoöl) The beech marten (Mustela foina). See Marten.
    • v. t Foin To prick; to st?ng.
    • v. i Foin To thrust with a sword or spear; to lunge. "He stroke, he soused, he foynd , he hewed, he lashed.""They lash, they foin , they pass, they strive to bore
      Their corselets, and the thinnest parts explore."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • foin To thrust with a weapon; push, as in fencing; lot drive.
    • foin To thrust through with a weapon; pierce; stab.
    • n foin A thrust; a push.
    • n foin A name of the beech-marten, Mustela foina.
    • n foin The dressed fur of the same animal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Foin foin to thrust with a sword or spear
    • n Foin a thrust with a sword or spear
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. foinen, foignen,; of uncertain origin; cf. dial. F. fouiner, to push for eels with a spear, fr. F. fouine, an eelspear, perh. fr. L. fodere, to dig, thrust

Usage

In literature:

Old Terry says she's doing 'foine.
"Rodman The Boatsteerer And Other Stories" by Louis Becke
It's yer foine gold lace I'd be afther seein'!
"Young Glory and the Spanish Cruiser" by Walter Fenton Mott
Oi've noticed nist eggs are moighty foine things to hav', av ye kept thim warm.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
Sure it's a higher-up Bryan is, the foine lad.
"Dorothy's Travels" by Evelyn Raymond
When I was married, my friends thought the inn would be a foine chance fer us to get along, so McVeigh bought it.
"Nancy McVeigh of the Monk Road" by R. Henry Mainer
Begorra ye have foine lookin' faces on ye.
"The Boy Scouts on the Yukon" by Ralph Victor
But th' foine poethry me mistress useter be radin' me!
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
They tell me 'tis foine up there, and plenty of gold, too.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
Faith, ye'd make a domd foine Irishmon.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
A. FOIN, private, mustered in Aug. 14, 1862; mustered out with company May 24, 1863.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
That foine, big boy ye see foreninst ye, has eighteenpence a day, nine shillin' a week.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Moighty foine, But how if the crayture is not worth its kape?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, April 5, 1890" by Various
Ah, there's the foine writer!
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
So that you larn to wake up when the corves come along, that ull do foine.
"Facing Death" by G. A. Henty
Well, here foine gless!
"Weird Tales. Vol. I" by E. T. A. Hoffmann
He'd have a foine time workin' with the guineas.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Ain't he a foine one?
"Neighbors" by Jacob A. Riis
Yis, he was a foine mahn.
"Last Words" by Stephen Crane
Ut was a foin foight, I heard 'em say.
"Dick Hamilton's Cadet Days" by Howard R. Garis
Et lui donnes bon foin et bon avoine.
"The Teaching and Cultivation of the French Language in England during Tudor and Stuart Times" by Kathleen Lambley
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In poetry:

Thou who art both shalt foin and feast
With me who am both, thy hate's co-heir,
Lord of the West and of the East -
The scorpion's hole, the lion's lair!
"The Wild Ass" by Aleister Crowley