Definition of feisty adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfaɪsti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaɪsti//
(feistier, feistiest) (informal, approving)
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(of people) strong, determined and not afraid of arguing with people Word Originlate 19th cent.: 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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