[ spir-i-tid ]
/ ˈspɪr ɪ tɪd /


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

Origin of spirited

First recorded in 1590–1600; spirit + -ed3
Related forms
Can be confusedspirited spiritual spiritualistic
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British Dictionary definitions for spiritedness


/ (ˈspɪrɪtɪd) /


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



"lively, energetic," 1590s, from spirit (n.).

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