spit·​fire ˈspit-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce spitfire (audio)
: a quick-tempered or highly emotional person

Examples of spitfire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here's a recap of Episode 3: Contestants make plan to target spitfire Kim Mattina. Journal Sentinel, 12 Mar. 2024 Also this week, Addis was a key player in the formation of a new alliance of sorts, one that involves spitfire Kim Mattina, 63. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 5 Mar. 2024 The 'Game of Thrones' star opens up about her role as the sister of couturier Christian Dior and how the show's World War II setting affected her health Maisie Williams was just 12 when she was cast as sword-wielding spitfire Arya Stark on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. Jason Sheeler, Peoplemag, 21 Feb. 2024 And Emma remains a spitfire who thinks a little too deeply about everything, and who usually needs Dexter’s help to relax and enjoy life. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 8 Feb. 2024 From Bessie’s spitfire frenemy, the charwoman Mrs. Grogan (a feisty Sarah Morris), to the blowsy, good-natured prostitute, Rosie Redmond (Anna Healy), the story conjures an entire community, then rips the tattered rug of their lives out from under them. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 13 Oct. 2023 Kerry Condon as an IRA spitfire with a fondness for the C-word adds some interest, but this is overwritten, overripe and likely destined to be streaming fodder. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2023 The book, written by Sean Tuohy’s childhood friend, was adapted into the John Lee Hancock film that starred Quinton Aaron as Oher and Bullock as his spitfire adoptive mom. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 22 Aug. 2023 It was billed as the remarkable true story of the football star, featuring Bullock as the spitfire mom who literally plucked the homeless Memphis teen off the road on an icy winter night. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 14 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spitfire was in 1656

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“Spitfire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spitfire. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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spit·​fire ˈspit-ˌfī(ə)r How to pronounce spitfire (audio)
: an easily angered or highly emotional person

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