Definition of spirited
: full of energy, animation, or courage a spirited discussion
Examples of spirited in a Sentence
The team put up a spirited defense.
She's a very spirited young lady.
Recent Examples of spirited from the Web
Pugh, who bears an amusing resemblance to Miley Cyrus, gives a spirited performance that doesn’t shy away from her character’s villainy.
Medical highlights included soot and fiberglass inhalation, a nail through my foot and hammered thumbs and fingers, accompanied by a lavish amount of spirited cursing.
Maisie plays the rebellious and spirited Arya, a master at swordplay, while Sophie’s Sansa is quietly powerful and queenly.
Two early, high-spirited works by the great Seattle sculptor Patti Warashina and pieces by Jason Walker, Christopher David White and Cristina Córdova round out this excellent show.
On Thursday, McConnell acknowledged for the first time publicly that the Republican health care bill might fail because of spirited opposition from a diverse group of GOP senators.
The spirited cast is led by impressive newcomer Ahn Seo-hyun, who helps ground all of Bong’s whimsical flights of fancy in a decidedly human place.
The 5K attracted a small but spirited group that ran alongside joggers without bib numbers and bicyclists on the scenic Wicker Park paths.
Alongside family and his friend, Alexander led Luc and other children in the neighborhood in a spirited sing-along.
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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".
First Known Use of spirited
SPIRITED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of spirited for English Language Learners
: full of courage or energy : very lively or determined
SPIRITED Defined for Kids
Definition of spirited for Students
: full of courage or energy a spirited horse a spirited debate
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