animal spirits


noun

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

Nearby words

  1. animal magnetism,
  2. animal park,
  3. animal pole,
  4. animal rights,
  5. animal shelter,
  6. animal starch,
  7. animal warden,
  8. animalcule,
  9. animalculum,
  10. animalia

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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