[ 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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Examples from the Web for feistiness
If only Huntsman had shown some of that feistiness on stage.
Does Mitt Romney have Chris Christie to thank for his feistiness?
Here was the feistiness that likely could have made him the victor had his name been on the ballot.
British Dictionary definitions for feistiness
/ (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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