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feist·y

 (fī′stē)
adj. feist·i·er, feist·i·est
1. Full of spirit or determination; plucky or spunky: "Feisty, smart, and courageous child protagonists ... populate [her] fictional world" (Carolyn L. Shute). See Note at andiron.
2. Quarrelsome or aggressive: "A bunch of guys got tipsy ... One of them got feisty and starting swinging punches at the others" (Didi Emmons).

[From feist.]

feist′i·ness n.
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feisty

(ˈfaɪstɪ)
adj, feistier or feistiest
1. lively, resilient, and self-reliant
2. US and Canadian frisky
3. US and Canadian irritable
[C19: from dialect feist, fist small dog; related to Old English fīsting breaking wind]
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feist•y

(ˈfaɪ sti)

adj. feist•i•er, feist•i•est.
1. full of animation, energy, or courage; spirited; spunky; plucky.
2. ill-tempered; pugnacious.
[1895–1900, Amer.; feist + -y1]
feist′i•ly, adv.
feist′i•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.feisty - showing courage; "the champion is faced with a feisty challenger"
spirited - displaying animation, vigor, or liveliness
2.feisty - quick to take offensefeisty - quick to take offense    
sensitive - being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others; "sensitive to the local community and its needs"
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feisty

adjective fiery, spirited, active, bold, lively, sparkling, vigorous, energetic, animated, have-a-go (informal), courageous, ardent, game, plucky, high-spirited, sprightly, vivacious, spunky (informal), mettlesome At 66, she was as feisty as ever.
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Translations

feisty

[ˈfaɪstɪ] ADJ (feistier (compar) (feistiest (superl))) (esp US) (= lively) → animado; (= quarrelsome) → pendenciero
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feisty

[ˈfaɪsti] adj (= spunky) → fougueux/euse
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feisty

adj (+er) (= spirited)robust; (inf: = lively) → lebhaft, lebendig
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SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22 With Mars, then Venus and the Sun crossing your chart, you'll be busier, and feistier, more fired up over career, family or property matters over the coming weeks, and there could be something being settled that's taken most of the summer to finalise.
For the rest of the squad, though, these games have been much feistier affairs, spurred on by disputes over celebratory taunts, shattered dressing-room doors, and coach swaps.
HALLELUJAH FOR LOUIS The Louis Theroux who paid a return visit to Westboro Baptist Church in Surviving America's Most Hated Family (BBC2) was feistier than we're used to.
The teleserye that spawned a thousand memes gets even feistier it opens its newest chapter, promising more high-stakes showdowns between the clashing Mondragons.
The Aces are averaging 25.5 blunders a contest, that not even a feistier stand in Game 2 could save them from trailing big early in the best-of-seven series.
Leading the compact market, it sets its own standards that are more thrilling, dynamic and feistier than ever.
The presenter says women can be "people pleasers" who feel the need to be polite - and believes she would tell her younger self to be feistier and more assertive.
The presenter says women can be "people pleasers" who feel the need to be polite -- and believes she would tell her younger self to be feistier and more assertive.
"Eve Myles really clicked with the Faith I had written and added layers to her, made her even feistier and here and there added extra swear words, which the audience really liked!
Early on, Bessie is identified as the feistier and more outspoken sister, which leads in one instance to a harrowing incident following her indignant response to a drunken white Southerner in a train station.
The top cat is meant to keep a lid on things but spends too much time dozing on the job or getting into damaging confrontations with his feistier Foreign Office rival.