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My English (vai Liverpool)-Canadian mother used this word to mean 'disgusted by' or 'repulsed by.' Example: "he is afeast of mixed foods." meaning you think mixed foods are disgusting or inedible.

I have been unable to locate any use or reference to this word, even in the unabridged dictionary, although I have seen 'afeard,' and similar variations, as archaic versions of afraid.

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English, Renaissance, Tyndale - 1526: But when thou makest afeast call the poore the maymed the lame and the blynde (afeast=a feast?) -- English, Basic, Ogden - 1964: But when you give a feast, send for the poor and the blind and those who are broken in body (websters-online-dictionary.org/definition/AFEAST) –  Kris Jun 8 '13 at 5:20
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Those are noun usages. ("Christmas is not only afeast ofchildren, but in some sense afeast offools," Belmonte, 2012) I don't think the adjective form [afeast (of)] was ever tried in literature. –  Kris Jun 8 '13 at 5:31
    
@StoneyB You're right, I checked the original. –  Kris Jun 9 '13 at 4:26
    
There could also be other words with variation in spelling and/or other senses of the word. Acronym: Association of Feminist Ethics and Social Theory. –  Kris Jun 9 '13 at 4:27
    
Thank you both for your very thoughtful responses. In particular, I, somehow, missed Websters multilingual thesaurus. Thank you both again. –  Benjamin Wade Jun 12 '13 at 2:25
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I have been unable to find the word itself, or a verb from which it might derive as a participle.

I can only suggest that it is an idiolectal or (very local) dialectal construction, on the analogy of afeard of, afeart of, building from a common exclamation of disgust which takes a wide variety of forms:

OLDER ENGLISH: foh, fah, faugh, fough, fie, fy, &c (OED 1: "An exclamation of abhorrence or disgust")

CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH: yechh [jɛx, jɛk], yik, yuk (Oxford Dictionaries: "informal expressing aversion or disgust". Also yechy, yukky, yikky, adjectives)

SCOTS: feech [fiç], feigh, feuch [fɪç, fjux] (Scots Online Dictionary: "An exclamation of disgust at a foul smell, pain, impatience or disappointment." Also feechie, adjective "Foul, dirty, disgusting, rainy, puddly")

The Scots version in particular might give rise to [fist], substituting an [s] for the un-English [ç]. Is there any Scots in your mother's background?

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My mother was of Welsh descent. I would love to find out more about this (possible) word, even if it is just a regional dialectic form. I would also like to thank you, and everyone else, for their very erudite and thoughtful responses. –  Benjamin Wade Jun 12 '13 at 2:21
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