The feisty airline is the brainchild of entrepreneur Tony Fernandes, a Malaysian of Indian descent who also is a British citizen.
He can be feisty sometimes,” she said, “but now he and I are like best friends.
Albeit, one with a lively, feisty character, and a wonderfully eccentric sense of humour.
A feisty, Steve Jobs gee-whizzing in his black turtleneck about his latest gizmo is catnip.
All that said, Tea Partiers—and anti-immigration crusaders more generally—are a feisty lot.
The feisty feminist in me has often warred with the longtime gamer in me.
He stopped his droning speeches and adopted a feisty, homey style answering questions on the tours.
One thing's for certain: Ireland Baldwin has inherited her dad's feisty nature.
1896, "aggressive, exuberant, touchy," American English, with -y (2) + feist "small dog," earlier fice, fist (American English, 1805); short for fysting curre "stinking cur," attested from 1520s, from Middle English fysten, fisten "break wind" (mid-15c.); related to Old English fisting "stink," from Proto-Germanic *fistiz- "a fart," said to be from PIE *pezd- (see fart), but there are difficulties.
The 1811 slang dictionary defines fice as "a small windy escape backwards, more obvious to the nose than ears; frequently by old ladies charged on their lap-dogs." Cf. also Danish fise "to blow, to fart," and obsolete English aske-fise, "fire-tender," literally "ash-blower" (early 15c.), from an unrecorded Norse source, used in Middle English for a kind of bellows, but originally "a term of reproach among northern nations for an unwarlike fellow who stayed at home in the chimney corner" [OED].
Truculent; irascible: They said the president was a feisty little chap/ He was having trouble with a feisty old lady who didn't want to move
[1896+; fr feist, found by 1770, ''small, worthless cur, esp a lapdog'']