- (keester)nAmericanthe backside, buttocks, anus. This fairly common term is from Yiddish kiste, in turn deriving from Middle and Old Ger-manic Kista and from the Latin cista, meaning a chest. The Yiddish word denoted a portable chest and was adapted by English speakers to mean anything used as a travelling container, including a hawker's display cabinet, a satchel and a trouser pocket. The tran-sition from these senses to a part of the human body is not completely clear; it has been suggested that it became an underworld synonym for the anus as used to smuggle contraband across bor-ders or into prison. The term is now rather old-fashioned but was used by Ronald Reagan in the late 1980s.
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keister — buttocks, 1931, perhaps transferred from underworld meaning safe, strongbox (1914), earlier a burglar s toolkit that can be locked (1881); probably from British dialect KIST (Cf. kist) (northern form of CHEST (Cf. chest)) or its German cognate… … Etymology dictionary
keister — ☆ keister [kēs′tər ] n. [prob. < Ger kiste, chest, case, (slang) rump < OHG < L cista,CHEST] Slang 1. a satchel, suitcase, etc. 2. the buttocks; rump … English World dictionary
keister — also keester noun Etymology: English slang keister satchel Date: circa 1931 slang buttocks … New Collegiate Dictionary
keister — /kee steuhr/, n. Slang. the buttocks; rump. Also, keester. [1880 85; earlier, as underworld argot, handbag, suitcase, safe; of obscure orig., but words meaning chest, box are frequently adduced as sources, e.g., KIST1, G Kiste, Yiddish kestl, etc … Universalium
keister — noun the buttocks … Wiktionary
keister — Synonyms and related words: arse, ass, behind, bottom, bum, can, cheeks, duff, fanny, posterior, prat, rump, rusty dusty, stern, tail, tuchis, tush, tushy … Moby Thesaurus
keister — keis|ter [ˈkaıstə US ˈki:stər] n [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Probably from German kiste box ] AmE spoken your ↑buttocks (=the part of your body that you sit on) … Dictionary of contemporary English
keister — keis|ter [ kistər ] noun count AMERICAN HUMOROUS someone s BUTTOCKS … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
keister — n The buttocks. Llewelyn slipped on the wet floor and fell on hiskeister. 1930s … Historical dictionary of American slang
keister — (KEESS ter) [Yiddish, from German Kiste: box] A slang term for buttocks, rump, or rear end … Dictionary of foreign words and phrases