spirited

adjective spir·it·ed \ ˈspir-ə-təd \
Updated on: 30 Nov 2017

Definition of spirited

: 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.

Recent Examples of spirited from the Web

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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

1599


SPIRITED Defined for English Language Learners

spirited

adjective

Definition of spirited for English Language Learners

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


SPIRITED Defined for Kids

spirited

adjective spir·it·ed \ ˈspir-ə-təd \

Definition of spirited for Students

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


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