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 But more impressive is the fact that at the same time, the country music spitfire seems to be quite confident in carving out her own sound. Tricia Despres, PEOPLE.com, 9 Sep. 2021 As bright and luminous as the moon, little Luna is a four-month-old medium hair kitty who is quite the spitfire. The Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 2021 Yelena’s an absolute spitfire – whom fans will be seeing more in the MCU’s future, with Black Widow being dead and all – and Pugh plays her like a rock star, with fantastic energy and magnetic swagger. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, 9 July 2021 Anderson remembered how abundant the love between the Matsons felt, Arik the tall, muscular, doting husband and father, and Megan the sarcastic blue-eyed spitfire, her yin to his yang. Star Tribune, 10 Jan. 2021 Anderson remembered how abundant the love between the Matsons felt, Arik the tall, muscular, doting husband and father, and Megan the sarcastic, blue-eyed spitfire, her yin to his yang. Star Tribune, 10 Jan. 2021 The Wrath of God, his first studio album in eight years, sees the rap icon trading spitfire verses with multi-instrumentalist Anderson .Paak. EW.com, 19 Sep. 2020 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, 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, 8 May 2020

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First Known Use of spitfire

1656, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

17 Sep 2021

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“Spitfire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spitfire. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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