spirited

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adjective spir·it·ed \ˈspir-ə-təd\

Definition of spirited

  1. :  full of energy, animation, or courage <a spirited discussion>

spiritedly

adverb

spiritedness

noun

Examples of spirited in a sentence

  1. The team put up a spirited defense.

  2. She's a very spirited young lady.

Did You Know?

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".

1599

First Known Use of spirited

1599


SPIRITED Defined for English Language Learners

spirited

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adjective spir·it·ed \ˈspir-ə-təd\

Definition of spirited for English Language Learners

  • : full of courage or energy : very lively or determined


SPIRITED Defined for Kids

spirited

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adjective spir·it·ed \ˈspir-ə-təd\

Definition of spirited for Students

  1. :  full of courage or energy <a spirited horse> <a spirited debate>



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