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
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adj displaying animation, vigor, or liveliness

Synonyms:
lively
full of life and energy
energetic
possessing or exerting or displaying energy
enthusiastic
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
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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adj made lively or spirited

“a spirited debate”
Synonyms:
enlivened
alive, animated
having life or vigor or spirit

adj marked by lively action

“a spirited dance”
Synonyms:
bouncing, bouncy, peppy, zippy
lively
full of life and energy

adj 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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