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.
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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