feisty

Feisty is a word for someone who is touchy or quarrelsome. It can also mean "showing courage or determination."

If you're huffy or thin-skinned, you're feisty. Feisty people often seem to be itching for a fight. On the other hand, this has a more positive meaning. It may also describe a courageous or spirited person, especially one who is smaller or an underdog. A small boxer knocking out a huge opponent is feisty. Little dogs barking at huge dogs are feisty in both senses: they're being brave, but they're also a little too quick to open their yaps.

Definitions of feisty
  1. adjective
    showing courage
    “the champion is faced with a feisty challenger”
    synonyms: plucky, spunky
    spirited
    displaying animation, vigor, or liveliness
  2. adjective
    quick to take offense
    synonyms: huffy, thin-skinned, touchy
    sensitive
    being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others
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