spirited

adjective
spir·​it·​ed | \ ˈspir-ə-təd \

Definition of spirited

: full of energy, animation, or courage a spirited discussion

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Other Words from spirited

spiritedly adverb
spiritedness noun

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You may see spirited used to describe a conversation, a debate, a horse, or a campaign. And it often shows up in such words as high-spirited ("bold and energetic"), mean-spirited ("spiteful"), and public-spirited ("generous to a community"), all of which reflect the original meaning of spirit, a notion much like "soul" or "personality".

Examples of spirited in a Sentence

The team put up a spirited defense. She's a very spirited young lady.

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The songs are often lovely, and the performances are spirited and engaging from a powerhouse cast that includes Wesley Snipes, Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Harry Lennix, and Dave Chappelle. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The BlacKkKlansman team previously made the daring Chi-Raq, now streaming on Amazon," 10 Aug. 2018 The spirited and unrelenting Morocco outfit were ultimately unable to prolong their chances of progressing in the tournament as Ronaldo scored his 4th goal of the 2018 World Cup. SI.com, "Portugal 1-0 Morocco: Cristiano Ronaldo Strikes Again to Sink Morocco & Spare Portugal's Blushes," 20 June 2018 Mean spirited and callous, just like his former boss. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "TML: How do pro athletes feel about playing in small-market Cincinnati?," 20 June 2018 From sprawling farmhouses to backyard barbecue ideas, Country Living offers soulful and spirited how-tos that embrace slowing down and living well. Country Living, "Contact the Editors and Get Help for Your Country Living Subscription," 4 Jan. 2019 The formalism of Thom Browne’s suiting might not seem analogous to the freedom and fury of the sports world, but Browne’s great strength as a designer is the ability to seamlessly shift between strict and spirited. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Thom Browne’s New Golf Capsule Collection Is a Stroke Above the Rest," 30 Oct. 2018 Along the way, Cobb makes the acquaintance of some young American volunteer ambulance drivers—and becomes involved with a caring and spirited nurse. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: Taking a Journey Into the Past," 13 Sep. 2018 When the novel opens, in 1985, a popular and charismatic man named Nico Marcus has recently died of AIDS, and his family — except for his smart and spirited younger sister, Fiona — prefers to let the cause of his demise go unmentioned. Michael Cunningham, New York Times, "Surviving AIDS, but at What Cost?," 25 June 2018 Simply show up, and be prepared to navigate a large but spirited crowd. Philly.com, "Kendrick Lamar, Odunde Festival, and other great happenings, June 8-15," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of spirited

1599, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for spirited

spirited

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of spirited

: full of courage or energy : very lively or determined

spirited

adjective
spir·​it·​ed | \ ˈspir-ə-təd \

Kids Definition of spirited

: full of courage or energy a spirited horse a spirited debate

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