feisty


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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.

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]

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.
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"

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.
Translations

feisty

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

feisty

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

feisty

adj (+er) (= spirited)robust; (inf: = lively) → lebhaft, lebendig
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