animal spirits


noun

exuberance arising from an excess of energy; vivacity and good humor: The children romped on the lawn, full of animal spirits.

Origin of animal spirits

First recorded in 1535–45
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British Dictionary definitions for animal spirits

animal spirits


pl n

cheerful and exuberant boisterousness

Word Origin for animal spirits

originally, referring to a vital force believed to be dispatched throughout the body by the brain
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