It was feisty and controversial—a Tea Party, of sorts, to the more establishment-minded Log Cabin Republicans.
He can be feisty sometimes,” she said, “but now he and I are like best friends.
Margrethe, who celebrated 40 years on the throne earlier this year, is a feisty but popular monarch with an artistic streak.
feisty Mulan pretends to be a boy to join the Chinese army, which means another active, dynamic female lead.
A feisty young female journalist at our table announced that her table would take on their table.
Sitting at a cozy café in the center of Tel Aviv, Kallai looks nothing like the feisty woman he plays on screen.
He stopped his droning speeches and adopted a feisty, homey style answering questions on the tours.
A feisty, Steve Jobs gee-whizzing in his black turtleneck about his latest gizmo is catnip.
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'']