spirited




Someone who’s spirited is lively or enthusiastic. It can be challenging to babysit a bunch of spirited four-year-olds, but it’s also entertaining.

You can also call a spirited person energetic, animated, or spunky. Spirited people are often determined, too, like a spirited activist for animal rights or a spirited defender of free school lunches. Long ago, this adjective was also used to mean “possessed by a spirit or ghost.” Today’s sense of spirited comes from the original meaning of the verb spirit, “to make more active.”

Definitions of spirited
  1. adjective

    displaying animation, vigor, or liveliness

    Synonyms:

    lively

    full of life and energy
    energetic

    possessing or exerting or displaying energy
    enthusiastic, keen

    having or showing great excitement and interest
    boisterous, knockabout

    full of rough and exuberant animal spirits
    con brio

    with liveliness or spirit
    dashing, gallant

    lively and spirited
    ebullient, exuberant, high-spirited

    joyously unrestrained
    feisty, plucky, spunky

    showing courage
    impertinent, irreverent, pert, saucy

    characterized by a lightly pert and exuberant quality
    lively, racy

    full of zest or vigor
    mettlesome

    having a proud and unbroken spirit
    resilient

    recovering readily from adversity, depression, or the like
    snappy, whipping

    smart and fashionable
    sprightly

    full of spirit and vitality
    vibrant, vivacious

    vigorous and animated
    barmy, yeasty, zestful, zesty

    marked by spirited enjoyment
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    Antonyms:

    spiritless

    lacking ardor or vigor or energy
    dull

    lacking in liveliness or animation
    unenthusiastic

    not enthusiastic; lacking excitement or ardor
    apathetic

    showing little or no emotion or animation
    bloodless

    without vigor or zest or energy
    dispirited, listless

    marked by low spirits; showing no enthusiasm
    heartless

    devoid of courage or enthusiasm
    thin

    lacking spirit or sincere effort
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  2. adjective

    made lively or spirited

    “a
    spirited debate”
    synonyms:
    enlivened

    alive, animated

    having life or vigor or spirit
  3. adjective

    marked by lively action

    “a
    spirited dance”
    synonyms:
    bouncing, bouncy, peppy, zippy

    lively

    full of life and energy
  4. adjective

    willing to face danger

    synonyms:
    game, gamey, gamy, gritty, mettlesome, spunky

    brave, courageous

    possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching

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