[ spir-i-tid ]
/ ˈspɪr ɪ tɪd /


having or showing mettle, courage, vigor, liveliness, etc.: a spirited defense of poetry.

Nearby words

  1. spirit of nitrous ether,
  2. spirit rapping,
  3. spirit varnish,
  4. spirit wrestler,
  5. spirit writing,
  6. spiritism,
  7. spiritless,
  8. spiritoso,
  9. spiritous,
  10. spirits of ammonia

Origin of spirited

First recorded in 1590–1600; spirit + -ed3

Related forms
Can be confusedspirited spiritual spiritualistic


[ spir-it ]
/ ˈspɪr ɪt /



pertaining to something that works by burning alcoholic spirits: a spirit stove.
of or relating to spiritualist bodies or activities.

verb (used with object)

Origin of spirit

1200–50; Middle English (noun) < Latin spīritus orig., a breathing, equivalent to spīri-, combining form representing spīrāre to breathe + -tus suffix of v. action

2. life, mind, consciousness, essence. 5. apparition, phantom, shade. See ghost. 6. goblin, hobgoblin. 7. genius. 14. enthusiasm, energy, zeal, ardor, fire, enterprise. 15. attitude, mood, humor. 17. nature, drift, tenor, gist, essence, sense, complexion. 19. intention, significance, purport.

Related formsspir·it·like, adjectivenon·spir·it, nounout·spir·it, verb (used with object)un·spir·it·ing, adjective

Can be confusedspirit sprite

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British Dictionary definitions for spirited


/ (ˈspɪrɪtɪd) /


displaying animation, vigour, or liveliness
(in combination) characterized by mood, temper, or disposition as specifiedhigh-spirited; public-spirited
Derived Formsspiritedly, adverbspiritedness, noun


/ (ˈspɪrɪt) /

noun the Spirit

  1. another name for the Holy Spirit
  2. God, esp when regarded as transcending material limitations
the influence of God or divine things upon the soul
Christian Science God or divine substance


/ (ˈspɪrɪt) /


verb (tr)

(usually foll by away or off) to carry off mysteriously or secretly
(often foll by up) to impart animation or determination to

Word Origin for spirit

C13: from Old French esperit, from Latin spīritus breath, spirit; related to spīrāre to breathe


/ (ˈspɪrɪt) /


(often plural) any distilled alcoholic liquor such as brandy, rum, whisky, or gin
  1. an aqueous solution of ethanol, esp one obtained by distillation
  2. the active principle or essence of a substance, extracted as a liquid, esp by distillation
  1. a solution of a volatile substance, esp a volatile oil, in alcohol
  2. (as modifier)a spirit burner
alchemy any of the four substances sulphur, mercury, sal ammoniac, or arsenic

Word Origin for spirit

C14: special use of spirit 1, name applied to alchemical substances (as in sense 4), hence extended to distilled liquids

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Word Origin and History for spirited
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Medicine definitions for spirited


[ spĭrĭt ]


spirits An alcohol solution of an essential or volatile substance.
spirits An alcoholic beverage, especially distilled liquor.
A liquid that has been distilled.

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Idioms and Phrases with spirited


In addition to the idioms beginning with spirit

  • spirit away
  • spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, the

also see:

  • kindred spirit
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