from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having a proud or unbroken spirit: a high-spirited horse.
- adj. Vivacious; lively: a high-spirited tune.
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- adj. Possessing a bold or exuberant nature.
- adj. energetic
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Full of spirit or natural fire; haughty; courageous; impetuous; not brooking restraint or opposition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a high spirit; bold; mettlesome; sensitive.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. joyously unrestrained
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Her father and I had worried about our high-spirited daughter getting into trouble if she stayed home alone all summer.
It's like asking a high-spirited young gun dog to join the parade at Crufts.
This was Huston's sweet spot—high-spirited, far-darting male adventure stories, which let him exercise his visual storytelling skills, which were less apparent to others than to him.
His clever, careful son and his high-spirited daughter stopped bickering when he came into the kitchen and from the narrow hall watched him with embarrassed anxiety when he stopped on the stairs to gather a little breath to go up another step.
Each day is a struggle -- to go on after her parents 'sudden death, to win her rightful inheritance from her untrustworthy half-brother, and to raise her high-spirited younger sister.
Later, Khan appeared at the Jemaa El Fna, the sprawling square of the Medina quarter where an even more high-spirited crowd awaited his arrival.
Born into a family of high-spirited women, she was a feminist before that word became fashionable.
You totter away from each section of his work thunderstruck both at the brilliance with which he dissects the real nature of sin, and at his fierce refusal to marshal the least scrap of self-defense ( "Oh -- we were just high-spirited boys!").
The school is known for being particularly good at channeling high-spirited boy energy into creativity and learning.
There's nothing high-spirited about the wrestling matches.