Definition of feisty in English:

feisty

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Pronunciation: /ˈfʌɪsti
 
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adjective (feistier, feistiest)

informal
  • 1(Of a person, typically one who is relatively small) lively, determined, and courageous: a love story with a feisty heroine who’s more than a pretty face
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    • Yet set against that is the fact that this is a pretty dry effort with an unusual lack of feisty anecdotes, and this remains one for the real aficionado.
    • They are characters you can get underneath and they are all quite strong and feisty, but they are all flawed and frail.
    • Scotland were well beaten by a determined and feisty Irish side who now go to Twickenham next weekend with a chance of winning the championship.
  • 1.1Touchy and aggressive: he got a bit feisty and tried to hit me
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    • Once they adapt to their new coach's ways, the team will be aggressive and feisty.
    • I simply nodded, quelling that feisty, fiery side of me, and offered yet another ghost of a smile.
    • The feisty old lady lives alone but fights with the men almost every day.

Derivatives

feistily

adverb
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  • It's a system that has produced feistily independent judges for centuries, whatever the theoretical breach of the separation of powers principle.
  • But when there are a handful of cat-calls from the audience, Maines responds feistily.
  • ‘I think the media has built it up to be something they can have a little fun with,’ she observed, feistily.

feistiness

noun
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  • His enthusiasm and feistiness have tempered a lineup that was beginning to take itself too seriously.
  • They bring a youthful feistiness to the roles, but there isn't the bitterness or sophistication to make Shakespeare's rapier swift dialogue sting.
  • She is composed almost entirely of feistiness.

Origin

late 19th century: from earlier feist, fist 'small dog', from fisting cur or hound, a derogatory term for a lapdog, from Middle English fist 'break wind', of West Germanic origin. Compare with fizzle.

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