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Jun 9, 2016
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Words that have changed

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ingenuous
specious
purblind
feisty
officious

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with Anu Garg

feisty

PRONUNCIATION:
(FY-stee)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Spirited; full of courage, spunk, or energy.
2. Touchy, irritable, or ill-tempered.

ETYMOLOGY:
From feist, variant of obsolete fist, short for fisting cur, a contemptuous term for a dog, from fist, from Middle English fisten (to break wind). The word fizzle is ultimately derived from the same source. Earliest documented use: 1896.

USAGE:
“When did our national temperament get so feisty, so pugnacious?”
Jim Coyle; Sorry, Canadians Just Aren’t So Nice Anymore; The Toronto Star (Canada); May 29, 2016.

See more usage examples of feisty in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Ethics, decency, and morality are the real soldiers. -Kiran Bedi, police officer and social activist (b. 9 Jun 1949)

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