Definition of Spirited

1. Adjective. Displaying animation, vigor, or liveliness.

2. Adjective. Marked by lively action. "A spirited dance"
Exact synonyms: Bouncing, Bouncy, Peppy, Zippy
Similar to: Lively
Derivative terms: Pep, Peppiness, Spiritedness

3. Adjective. Willing to face danger.
Exact synonyms: Game, Gamey, Gamy, Gritty, Mettlesome, Spunky
Similar to: Brave, Courageous
Derivative terms: Grit, Mettlesomeness, Spunk

4. Adjective. Made lively or spirited. "A spirited debate"
Exact synonyms: Enlivened
Similar to: Alive, Animated
Derivative terms: Spiritedness

Definition of Spirited

1. a. Animated or possessed by a spirit.

Definition of Spirited

1. Verb. (past of spirit) ¹

2. Adjective. Lively, vigorous, animated or courageous. ¹

3. Adjective. Behaving in a specified way that has a particular feeling, mood, or character. ¹

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Definition of Spirited

1. spirit [v] - See also: spirit

Lexicographical Neighbors of Spirited

spirit level
spirit levels
spirit of nitre
spirit of salt
spirit of the law
spirit of turpentine
spirit of wine
spirit off
spirit rapper
spirit rapping
spirit stove
spirit thermometer
spirit up
spirit world
spirited (current term)
spirited away
spiriting away

Literary usage of Spirited

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen, Reginald Brimley Johnson (1892)
"quitted the room; and as her vehemence made reserve impossible in Elinor, and unnecessary in Mrs Jennings, they all joined in a very spirited critique upon ..."

2. Dictionary of Painters and Engravers: Biographical and Critical by Michael Bryan (1886)
"We have some spirited etchings by him from drawings by John Hamilton Mortimer, ARA He led a careless life, and committed suicide in 1784. ..."

3. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1868)
"In the meantime the enemy brought up strong reinforcements, and at early daylight a spirited contest commenced, which continued till after ten AM, ..."

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