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

Origin of spirited

First recorded in 1590–1600; spirit + -ed3
Related formsspir·it·ed·ly, adverbspir·it·ed·ness, nounnon·spir·it·ed, adjectivenon·spir·it·ed·ly, adverbnon·spir·it·ed·ness, nounqua·si-spir·it·ed, adjectivequa·si-spir·it·ed·ly, adverbun·spir·it·ed, adjectiveun·spir·it·ed·ly, adverb
Can be confusedspirited spiritual spiritualistic

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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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