feisty

[ 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.
ill-tempered; pugnacious.
troublesome; difficult: feisty legal problems.

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Origin of feisty

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; feist + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM feisty

feist·i·ly, adverbfeist·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for feistiness

feisty
/ (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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