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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Beth Dutton John Dutton III and Evelyn’s only daughter, Beth (Kelly Reilly) is the signature spitfire of the family, a pure force of nature with the cutting stares and ragged bangs to prove it. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 18 Dec. 2022 Samay, the 9-year-old spitfire at the center of Last Film Show, is a pintsize wheeler-dealer, a wily old soul and a bit of a mechanical genius. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Dec. 2022 So Friend decided on a curly mohawk to maintain the narrative that Shuri has gone through a tragic loss but is still staying true to her spitfire self. Annie Blay, Allure, 11 Nov. 2022 Despite a language barrier, the spitfire from Harlem shares in the invasion and even touches one of the women’s hair. Essence, 21 Oct. 2022 Weaving brings a striking blend of balletic grace and spitfire energy to the darkly comic bloodbath that follows, not to mention an excellent primal scream. Katie Rife, EW.com, 19 Oct. 2022 Bhatt is luminescent, playing both spitfire and sweetheart with gusto and grace. Courtney Howard, Variety, 8 Sep. 2022 Friday’s show, which also featured performances by country-pop spitfire Carly Pearce, raucous rockers Old Dominion, and modern vocal duo Dan + Shay, was a resounding return to that annual ritual. Maura Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Aug. 2022 The latter captures the meditative, almost spiritual side of the group — one yet to be seen in a decade-long career of spitfire lyrics and anthemic bops. Sophia Solano, Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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