PRONUNCIATION: (TOO-fis-tuhd, too-FIS-)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Tough; aggressive.
2. Energetic; enthusiastic.
3. Using both hands.

ETYMOLOGY: The term describes someone using both hands, literally or figuratively, where a clenched fist alludes to vigor, resolve, etc. From two, from Old English twa (two) + fist, from Old English fyst (fist). Earliest documented use: 1774. Also see ironfisted, clutchfist, and hardfisted.

TWO-FASTED - celebrating both abstinence-observing holidays on the same day

TWO-LISTED - a second-team player

TWO-FISHED - limited to only a couple of piscatorial species