animal spirits

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  1. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for animal spirits

bounce, energy, exuberance, life, vitality, zing, vivacity

British Dictionary definitions for animal spirits

animal spirits

pl n
  1. 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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