Definition of fist bump in US English:

fist bump


  • A gesture of greeting or affirmation in which two people lightly tap each other's clenched fist.

    ‘El Duque walked in and traded a fist bump with his catcher’
    • ‘El Duque walked in and traded a fist bump with his catcher.’
    • ‘It can't be long before he takes up fist bumps.’
    • ‘And, you know, he got a fist bump from me.’
    • ‘You know, I didn't see any group hugs or fist bumps going on there.’
    • ‘Applause and fist bumps all around for him speaking at the annual conservative political action conference in Washington.’
    • ‘She gave her now famous fist bumps with her co-hosts, mocking scrutiny Obama faced when the gesture was distorted.’
    • ‘I didn't see any group hugs or fist bumps going on there, so I think there is a little bit of gap to fill in.’
    • ‘Martinez saves manly fist bumps for the coaches, including manager Eric Wedge.’
    • ‘Fist bumps, air-hugs and partial high-fives are all common currency now.’
    • ‘Check out Johny's Luncheonette, a throwback nine-stool lunch counter run by Johny, who greets regulars with fist bumps, and his father.’
    • ‘Fist bumps and high fives are exchanged amongst the crowd.’
    • ‘Given his field position, I think he probably should have punted but he's also found time to give Santa a fist bump in recent days and today he even tried a little bit of dancing.’
    • ‘From his actual mate, Senator Obama got a fist bump.’
    • ‘It's inspirational when the president of the United States provides a figurative salute, along with fist bumps, to a bunch of high school science projects.’
    • ‘And he's doing a fist bump.’
    • ‘But the fist bump (or fist pound, as traditionalists would have it) has been around since at least the 70s, when basketball players used it to congratulate each other.’


[with object]US
  • Greet (someone) by lightly tapping their clenched fist with one's own.

    ‘politicians were soon fist-bumping one another on TV chat shows’
    no object ‘two lawyers walked into the hall and fist-bumped before getting on the elevator’
    • ‘'Mr. Chairman - how are you, brother?!' he said, fist-bumping C. Richard Cranwell, the 66-year-old leader of the Virginia Democratic Party.’
    • ‘There are limits to the gesture's uses - "I would not advise fist-bumping your future father-in-law," advises a kindly woman from Debrett's - but it is more sincere than an air kiss.’
    • ‘He was just very gracious, very nice. He fist-bumped Christopher, which was very cool and it was just a very amazing moment.’
    • ‘Gautreaux punched the air as those around him fist-bumped and high-fived each other.’
    • ‘At one point, the President fist-bumped the youngster.’