Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A quick-tempered or highly excitable person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person with a fiery temper, someone easily provoked to anger.
  • n. A spirited young woman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A violent, irascible, or passionate person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An irascible or passionate person; one whose temper is hot or fiery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a highly emotional and quick-tempered person (especially a girl or woman)

Etymologies

A compound of spit +‎ fire as a euphemistic rendition of shitfire, from Spanish cacafuego ("braggart") with the literal translation of "fireshitter". (Wiktionary)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • interesting note about the development of spitfire/shitfire on etymonline.com; apparently “shitfire” originally appeared meaning cannon; “spitfire” was a euphemization of same. The reference to a volatile personality (one who “spits fire”) came much later.

    March 11, 2014

  • A Yankee deserter called Scarlett this when he came back to raid the house.

    October 29, 2012

  • The H.M.S. Spitfire was listed as a "vessel belonging to the army" (British army), captured at Yorktown in 1781.

    Also the name of a pretty cool fighter plane during World War II.

    October 29, 2007

  • 1: A cleaning product used at job corps. Smells like shit.

    2: The coolest person ever to grace the earth.

    December 7, 2006