from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Touchy; quarrelsome.
- adj. Full of spirit or pluck; frisky or spunky. See Regional Notes at andiron, feist.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Tenacious, energetic, spunky.
- adj. Belligerent; prepared to stand and fight, especially in spite of relatively small stature or some other disadvantage.
- adj. Easily offended and ready to bicker.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as fusty.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. quick to take offense
- adj. showing courage
From feist.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1896, American, feist (“small, aggressive dog”) + -y; the term feist (now rare) itself originally meant “stink”, and earlier “fart”, from Middle English, from Old English, from Proto-Germanic, presumably from Proto-Indo-European – see feist for details. (Wiktionary)