American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A quick-tempered or highly excitable person.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An irascible or passionate person; one whose temper is hot or fiery.
- n. A person with a fiery temper, someone easily provoked to anger.
- n. obsolete A spirited young woman.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. colloq. A violent, irascible, or passionate person.
- n. a highly emotional and quick-tempered person (especially a girl or woman)
- A compound of spit + fire as a euphemistic rendition of shitfire, from Spanish cacafuego ("braggart") with the literal translation of "fireshitter". (Wiktionary)
“Through a review of Army reports and the memories of a fellow POW tracked down in New Jersey, The Associated Press was able to reconstruct the conditions under which the young man — called a "spitfire" and the "life of the party" — starved to death in a prisoner of war camp.”
“You know, Elizabeth Edwards has been described as a spitfire, highly educated.”
“Truth and honesty: Betty was known as a spitfire from her first breath.”
“Reading that word in a book drives me completely bat-f*ck crazy since I'm reading Corambis I'm going to channel one of the characters - Mildmay : I was chatting about this with my best friend, the lovely Starfire, and for her the 'hit the wall' word is 'spitfire'.”
“These came from the direction of Mafeking, that place having proved too much a "spitfire" for their liking.”
“We still call a hasty person a "spitfire", and a calumniator”
“Skillman, NJ, is a real "spitfire," according to her parents, and is super outgoing.”
“The Aviation Heritage Museum, Australia began with the exhibition of the historical 'spitfire', and after a few years it was followed by the 'Lancaster bomber', which was associated with the Second World War.”
“Now she's proud her "spitfire" blond boy took on a fighting spirit, even if it means he challenges the nurses who try to keep him alive.”
“spitfire', and after a few years it was followed by the 'Lancaster bomber', which was associated with the Second World War.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘spitfire’.
A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
A list of compound derogatory names such as gapeseed, muckworm and lickspittle. Your one-word contributions to this list are welcome.
See sionnach's list derogatory terms I should use ...
Words and phrases containing fire.
Hot and fiery words associated with the human body and spirit. I added furfuration only because it needed some attention.
Facial expressions, methods for determining emotional states, and general terms for passionate emotional states.
I've put specific-emotion words in these other lists of mine:
All of which are mentioned in O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels, someplace or other. Most are British navy ships, some are French navy, and others aren't either one.
See also the list Sh...
"Wow, we really have run out of names."
Codenames of superheroes, supervillains, etc. (that are actual words, or unique spellings of actual words).
My S Words
this girl has fire.
Looking for tweets for spitfire.