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spitfire

Definition:

a highly emotional and quick-tempered person (especially a girl or woman)

Class:

person noun (people)

Plural:

spitfires

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

A compound of spit + fire as a euphemistic rendition of shitfire, from Spanish...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Supermarine Spitfire

a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries throughout the Second World War. The Spitfire continued to be used as a front line fighter and in secondary roles into the 1950s. It was... (43 of 14407 words, 18 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Supermarine Spitfire

Spitfire (disambiguation) | Supermarine Spitfire

a British single-seat fighter aircraft used in the Second World War. Spitfire may also refer to: Triumph Spitfire, a small two-seat British sports car from Triumph Motor Company developed in the 1960s | BSA Spitfire, a British motorcycle launched in... (39 of 501 words, 38 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Spitfire (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

spitfire

a person given to outbursts of spiteful temper and anger, especially a woman or girl (15 of 278 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/spitfire

Random House Dictionary:

spitfire | Spitfire [sense-specific]

a person, especially a girl or woman, who is of fiery temper and easily provoked to outbursts. | "Spitfire": a British fighter plane with a single ... (25 of 42 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/spitfire

Macmillan British Dictionary:

spitfire [countable, informal] | spitfires [plural]

a woman who tends to become angry very easily (9 of 35 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/spitfire

Oxford Dictionary:

spitfire

a person with a fierce temper (6 of 24 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/spitfire

Merriam-Webster:

spitfire

a quick-tempered or highly emotional person (6 of 22 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/spitfire

New World Dictionary:

spitfire

a person, especially a woman or girl, who is easily aroused to violent outbursts of anger (16 of 18 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/spitfire

Wiktionary:

spitfire | spitfires [plural]

A person with a fiery temper, someone easily provoked to anger. | [obsolete] A spirited young woman. (16 of 17 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/spitfire

American Heritage Dictionary:

spitfire

A quick-tempered or highly excitable person. (6 of 9 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/spitfire

Encarta Dictionary:

spitfire | spitfires [plural]

a quick-tempered person (3 of 17 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861712062​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

spitfire | spitfires [plural]

Origin: A compound of spit + fire as a euphemistic rendition of shitfire, from Spanish cacafuego ("braggart") with the literal translation of "fireshitter".

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/spitfire

Online Etymology:

spitfire

First use: 1600

Origin: "spit" (verb) + "fire" (Noun). Replaced earlier shitfire (compare Florentine cacafuoco).

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=spitfire

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

spitfire

Audio: British English pronunciation of "spitfire"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/spitfire

Macmillan British Dictionary:

spitfire [countable, informal] | spitfires [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "spitfire"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/spitfire

Macmillan American Dictionary:

spitfire [countable, informal] | spitfires [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "spitfire"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/spitfire

the Free Dictionary:

spitfire

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "spitfire"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "spitfire"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "spitfire" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/spitfire

Google Dictionary:

spitfire | spitfires [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "spitfire"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=spitfire

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

spitfire

Audio: North American pronunciation of "spitfire"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=spitfi​01 word=spitfire

YourDictionary Audio:

spitfire

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "spitfire" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/spitfire

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