feisty

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Etymology[edit]

1896, American, feist (small, aggressive dog) +‎ -y;[1] the term feist (now rare) itself originally meant “stink”, and earlier “fart”, from Middle English, from Old English, from Proto-Germanic, presumably from Proto-Indo-European – see feist for details.

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feisty (comparative feistier or more feisty, superlative feistiest or most feisty)

  1. Tenacious, energetic, spunky.
  2. Belligerent; prepared to stand and fight, especially in spite of relatively small stature or some other disadvantage.
  3. Easily offended and ready to bicker.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ feisty” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).