spitfire

noun
spit·​fire | \ ˈspit-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce spitfire (audio) \

Definition of spitfire

: a quick-tempered or highly emotional person

Examples of spitfire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Atticus heads across segregated America with his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) and a former childhood friend, Leti (Jurnee Smollet), who’s grown up to be a spitfire. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Scott D. Pierce: Wildly entertaining ‘Lovecraft Country’ is terrifying — both the monsters and the racists," 16 Aug. 2020 The song is classic 6ix9ine: spitfire verses filled with boasts about himself and taunts to his detractors. Ben Sisario, New York Times, "6ix9ine Returns With New Song and Defiant Livestream: ‘I Ratted’," 8 May 2020 With the help of accordionist El Licenciado of Kinky fame, the pint-sized spitfire commanded the stage with pure comedic grit. Isabela Raygoza, Billboard, "Residente and Amandititita Speak On Why Words Matter in the Age of Instagram at LAMC 2019," 13 July 2019 Wong as her father is based on her own, while her real-life grandmother is sometimes just as much a spitfire as the show’s sharp-tongued, off-the-wall octogenarian. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "‘Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens’ team: Asian-American representation is not a ‘fad’," 22 Jan. 2020 These issues localize around Kat's isolated teen sister Serena and her spitfire best friend Jenn (Amanda Zhou), two young people facing social ostracism within their skating club for disparate reasons. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Spinning Out': TV Review," 31 Dec. 2019 Walters said of White's post-award plans, in a spitfire speech that had the whole room humming with laugher. Vogue, "The 70th Annual National Book Awards Was A Surprisingly Boisterous Night," 21 Nov. 2019 Reese Witherspoon, in all her spitfire glory, plays Bradley Jackson, a roving reporter for an apparently conservative-leaning local news chain called Southeast News Network. cleveland, "Aniston and Witherspoon outshine ‘The Morning Show’s’ rough start - but did Carell get the best role?," 30 Oct. 2019 Reese Witherspoon, in all her spitfire glory, plays Bradley Jackson, a roving reporter for an apparently conservative-leaning local news chain called Southeast News Network. Washington Post, "Aniston and Witherspoon outshine ‘The Morning Show’s’ rough start. But did Carell get the best role?," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of spitfire

1656, in the meaning defined above

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23 Aug 2020

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“Spitfire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spitfire. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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