[ fahy-stee ]
/ ˈfaɪ sti /
adjective, feist·i·er, feist·i·est.
full of animation, energy, or courage; spirited; spunky; plucky: The champion is faced with a feisty challenger.
troublesome; difficult: feisty legal problems.
Related formsfeist·i·ly, adverbfeist·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for feistier
/ (ˈfaɪstɪ) /
adjective feistier or feistiest informal
lively, resilient, and self-reliant
US and Canadian frisky
US and Canadian irritable
Word Origin for feisty
C19: from dialect feist, fist small dog; related to Old English fīsting breaking wind
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