spitfire


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spit·fire

 (spĭt′fīr′)
n.
A quick-tempered or highly excitable person.

spitfire

(ˈspɪtˌfaɪə)
n
a person given to outbursts of spiteful temper and anger, esp a woman or girl

spit•fire

(ˈspɪtˌfaɪər)

n.
a person of fiery temper.
[1590–1600]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spitfire - a highly emotional and quick-tempered person (especially a girl or woman)
emotional person - a person subject to strong states of emotion
Translations

spitfire

[ˈspɪtˌfaɪəʳ] Nfierabrás mf

spitfire

nFeuer speiender Drache; (= woman also)Giftnudel f (inf)

spitfire

[ˈspɪtˌfaɪəʳ] n she's a real spitfireè una persona molto irascibile
References in classic literature ?
But you'll admit what a riddle it must have been for us when that calm, cold, little spitfire, Aglaya--(for she stood up to her mother and answered her questions with inexpressible contempt, and mine still more so, because, like a fool, I thought it my duty to assert myself as head of the family)--when Aglaya stood up of a sudden and informed us that 'that madwoman' (strangely enough, she used exactly the same expression as you did) 'has taken it into her head to marry me to Prince Lef Nicolaievitch, and therefore is doing her best to choke Evgenie Pavlovitch off, and rid the house of him.
Don't be a spitfire, else I won't tell you," said Tom, thrusting his hand back into his pocket and looking determined.
Housing developer Spitfire is celebrating after picking up two prizes at separate award ceremonies.
For the second year in a row, Joseph Swan Academy, in Low Fell, Gateshead, had a full-size replica of a Battle of Britain Spitfire as part of their Armistice Day.
Birmingham's Thinktank has recently opened a new Spitfire Gallery which explians more about the city's key role in winning the greatest aerial combat there ever was.
EIGHTY years ago landmark steps that would lead to Birmingham being forever associated with the iconic Spitfire, hailed as helping to save our necks in the Battle of Britain, were taken.
The royal, who turned 31 at the flypast tribute yesterday, gave up his seat on a Spitfire so that wing commander Tom Neil, 95, could honour his pals properly.
PRINCE Harry has given up his seat in a Spitfire on his 31st birthday.
PRINCE Harry "counted them out and counted them back in" after giving up his seat in a Spitfire in the biggest gathering of Battle of Britain aircraft since the Second World War.
THE skies above southern Britain echoed to the sound of massed Spitfire and Hurricane fighters yesterday, 75 years after they defended the country in the Battle of Britain.
Book publisher Evro Publishing announced on Tuesday that it will publish Spitfire People: The Men And Women Who Made The Spitfire The Aviation Icon by Paul Beaver in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in July this year.
Prince Harry can't contain his joy as he takes the controls of a Spitfire before putting it through adramatic roll.