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[hahy-spir-i-tid] /ˈhaɪˈspɪr ɪ tɪd/
characterized by energetic enthusiasm, elation, vivacity, etc.
boldly courageous; mettlesome.
Origin of high-spirited
Related forms
high-spiritedly, adjective
high-spiritedness, noun Unabridged
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  • They are exceedingly proud and high-spirited, and are remarkably quick at learning.

    In the Heart of Africa Samuel White Baker
  • “You are too high-spirited for your size,” explained Dick to her.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • Though brave and high-spirited, he was very sensitive, and feared a smile of derision more than a sword-thrust.

    Captain Fracasse Theophile Gautier
  • By all means let this ingenuous, high-spirited Templar have a fair judgment.

    A Book About Lawyers John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • He was a merry, high-spirited sailor, rather than a boat-builder.

  • Like all high-spirited creatures she had no love for any form of gloom.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for high-spirited


vivacious, bold, or lively
Derived Forms
high-spiritedly, adverb
high-spiritedness, noun
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