spirited

Someone who's spirited is lively or enthusiastic. It can be challenging to babysit a bunch of spirited four-year-olds, but it's also entertaining.

You can also call a spirited person energetic, animated, or spunky. Spirited people are often determined, too, like a spirited activist for animal rights or a spirited defender of free school lunches. Long ago, this adjective was also used to mean "possessed by a spirit or ghost." Today's sense of spirited comes from the original meaning of the verb spirit, "to make more active."

Definitions of spirited
  1. adjective
    displaying animation, vigor, or liveliness
    Synonyms:
    lively
    full of life and energy
    energetic
    possessing or exerting or displaying energy
    enthusiastic, keen
    having or showing great excitement and interest
    boisterous, knockabout
    full of rough and exuberant animal spirits
    con brio
    with liveliness or spirit
    dashing, gallant
    lively and spirited
    ebullient, exuberant, high-spirited
    joyously unrestrained
    feisty, plucky, spunky
    showing courage
    impertinent, irreverent, pert, saucy
    characterized by a lightly pert and exuberant quality
    lively, racy
    full of zest or vigor
    mettlesome
    having a proud and unbroken spirit
    resilient
    recovering readily from adversity, depression, or the like
    snappy, whipping
    smart and fashionable
    sprightly
    full of spirit and vitality
    vibrant, vivacious
    vigorous and animated
    barmy, yeasty, zestful, zesty
    marked by spirited enjoyment
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    Antonyms:
    spiritless
    lacking ardor or vigor or energy
    dull
    lacking in liveliness or animation
    unenthusiastic
    not enthusiastic; lacking excitement or ardor
    apathetic
    showing little or no emotion or animation
    bloodless
    without vigor or zest or energy
    dispirited, listless
    marked by low spirits; showing no enthusiasm
    heartless
    devoid of courage or enthusiasm
    thin
    lacking spirit or sincere effort
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  2. adjective
    made lively or spirited
    “a spirited debate”
    synonyms: enlivened
    alive, animated
    having life or vigor or spirit
  3. adjective
    marked by lively action
    “a spirited dance”
    synonyms: bouncing, bouncy, peppy, zippy
    lively
    full of life and energy
  4. adjective
    willing to face danger
    synonyms: game, gamey, gamy, gritty, mettlesome, spunky
    brave, courageous
    possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching
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