from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of cist2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A chest.
  • v. To place in a coffin.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of kiss.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A chest; hence, a coffin.
  • n. A stated payment, especially a payment of rent for land; hence, the time for such payment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete or dialectal form of chest.
  • n. See cist.
  • n. Another spelling of kissed, preterit and past participle of kiss.
  • n. An obsolete or dialectal preterit and past participle of cast.
  • n. In the East Indies, an instalment of rent, of a tax, or the like.


From kiss (Wiktionary)
Possibly from Old Norse kista (chest); but see also cist (sense: crypt) (Wiktionary)



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  • From OED2: a chest, box, or coffer; a basket; a coffin or cist; short for kist o' whistles.

    June 23, 2008

  • There's a brand of juice in Australia called Sunkist, where I always assumed kist stood for kissed.


    June 23, 2008

  • OneLook gives 16 listings, lots of different meanings in there.

    Choose the yellow button, Neo.

    June 23, 2008

  • Well initially I thought maybe an obsolete past participle of kiss, (cf burn-burned/burnt).

    Then I thought it might be a chest, of the blanket storage variety.

    The citation didn't help me, and I don't see it in any online dictionary. So maybe it's a nonce-word.

    Either way, I think the citation should enlighten rather than obscure.

    Who is this Peter Reading anyway?

    June 23, 2008

  • I agree yarb! I usually provide a definition only if i think it would be hard for the others to find it. It doesn't mean, of course, that everybody should do so.

    June 23, 2008

  • I dunno. For me it's the citations that are of interest. There are a handful of free online dictionaries that can provide a definition.

    June 23, 2008

  • Citations are all very well, but what does it mean?

    June 23, 2008

  • the closing latch a final twist,
    consulting Twigge one final time before
    turning from font to underground stone kist.

    - Peter Reading, St James's, from For the Municipality's Elderly, 1974

    June 22, 2008