exuberance arising from an excess of energy; vivacity and good humor: The children romped on the lawn, full of animal spirits.
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Origin of animal spirits
First recorded in 1535–45
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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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