spir·​it·​ed | \ ˈspir-ə-təd How to pronounce spirited (audio) \

Definition of spirited

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Over its four decades of lampooning Hollywood, the Razzies have been criticized as mean-spirited and out-of-touch. Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2022 The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, a campy, mean-spirited fiction about the Showtime-era Los Angeles Lakers. Arn Tellem, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Mar. 2022 Cameron Payne was just getting up shots with Devin Booker after Tuesday’s spirited practice. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 3 Mar. 2022 The Lakers had another spirited practice Thursday that LeBron James didn’t attend because he was given the day off after participating in the All-Star game last weekend in Cleveland. Broderick Turner Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2022 The Spurs opened training camp Tuesday with a spirited practice befitting a young, hungry team. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Sep. 2021 On Monday, that meant a spirited practice heavy on battle drills for his Gophers men's hockey team, one-on-one and two-on-two competitions among players. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, 20 Jan. 2021 The New Orleans Saints returned to the indoor practice facility at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center Monday to hold a spirited, fully-padded practice with referees on hand. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, 31 Aug. 2020 Candidates who exemplify the skill of happiness are pleasant to be around, more satisfied in life, high spirited and enthusiastic employees. Roberta Moore, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'spirited.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of spirited

1601, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spirited was in 1601

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16 May 2022

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“Spirited.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spirited. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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spir·​it·​ed | \ ˈspir-ə-təd How to pronounce spirited (audio) \

Kids Definition of spirited

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

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