feisty vs spunky what difference

what is difference between feisty and spunky

English

Etymology

1896, American, feist (small, aggressive dog) +‎ -y; the term feist (now rare) itself originally meant “stink”, and earlier “fart”, from Middle English, from Old English, from Proto-Germanic, presumably from Proto-Indo-European – see feist for details.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfaɪsti/
  • Rhymes: -aɪsti

Adjective

feisty (comparative feistier or more feisty, superlative feistiest or most feisty)

  1. Tenacious, energetic, spunky.
  2. Belligerent; prepared to stand and fight, especially in spite of relatively small stature or some other disadvantage.
  3. Easily offended and ready to bicker.

Derived terms

  • feistily
  • feistiness

Translations

References



English

Etymology

From spunk +‎ -y.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /spʌŋki/
  • Rhymes: -ʌŋki

Adjective

spunky (comparative spunkier, superlative spunkiest)

  1. Spirited or plucky.
  2. (Britain) Pertaining to or like spunk (semen).
  3. (Britain) Stained with semen.

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