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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fahy-stee]
    • /ˈfaɪ sti/
    • /ˈfaɪ.sti/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fahy-stee]
    • /ˈfaɪ sti/

Definitions of feisty word

  • adjective feisty full of animation, energy, or courage; spirited; spunky; plucky: The champion is faced with a feisty challenger. 1
  • adjective feisty ill-tempered; pugnacious. 1
  • adjective feisty troublesome; difficult: feisty legal problems. 1
  • noun feisty Having or showing exuberance and strong determination. 1
  • adjective feisty person: spirited 1
  • adjective feisty person: argumentative 1

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Origin of feisty

First appearance:

before 1895
One of the 18% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900; feist + -y1

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Parts of speech for Feisty


feisty popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for feisty

adj feisty

  • bubbly — Someone who is bubbly is very lively and cheerful and talks a lot.
  • gritty — consisting of, containing, or resembling grit; sandy.
  • scrappy — fond of fighting, arguing, or competing.
  • spunky — plucky; spirited.
  • gutsy — having a great deal of courage or nerve: a gutsy lampooner of the administration.

adjective feisty

  • energetic — Showing or involving great activity or vitality.
  • aggressive — An aggressive person or animal has a quality of anger and determination that makes them ready to attack other people.
  • go-getting — an enterprising, aggressive person.
  • hearty — warm-hearted; affectionate; cordial; jovial: a hearty welcome.
  • full-blooded — of unmixed ancestry; thoroughbred: a full-blooded Cherokee.

Antonyms for feisty

adj feisty

  • cowardly — If you describe someone as cowardly, you disapprove of them because they are easily frightened and avoid doing dangerous and difficult things.
  • timid — lacking in self-assurance, courage, or bravery; easily alarmed; timorous; shy.
  • flat — horizontally level: a flat roof.
  • dull — not sharp; blunt: a dull knife.
  • fearful — causing or apt to cause fear; frightening: a fearful apparition.

adjective feisty

  • feeble — physically weak, as from age or sickness; frail.

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