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  • adj. having a spirited love of life; ebullient

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by spirited enjoyment


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  • For me, it was the literary equivalent of a smallpox vaccination: I have never, so far as I know, used the word zestful in a novel or a story.

    on writing by stephen king

  • Worst of all or so it seemed to me at the time, Leinster had fallen in love with the word zestful.

    on writing by stephen king

  • He didn't direct "It's a Wonderful Life," but he lived one, a life of zestful achievement and exuberant friendship that seldom took him far from New York, the city he used, in all its gritty glory, as his back lot for such films as "Dog Day Afternoon," "Serpico" and "Prince of the City."

    The Lasting Legacy Of Sidney Lumet

  • Just seeing this phenomenon happen on TV or reading about it in a magazine sparks a zestful appreciation of the mysteries of nature.

    Donna Henes: Eggs On End: Standing On Ceremony At The Equinox

  • A good thing, too, because Will's range seems narrower, notwithstanding Mr. Franco's efforts, and most of the other human characters are stick figures clothed in zestful clichés.

    'Apes': Something to Thump Chests About

  • But not quite as zestful as some of the other Torchwood writing.

    Whoniversaries 14 July

  • Perhaps most tellingly, Roffey admits that, despite all the workshops and zestful attempts at sexual self-improvement, she actually likes her "flawed and crooked self" and in some ways makes a writerly choice to remain "blind" because "I wanted to turn the darkness in me into prose".

    With the Kisses of His Mouth by Monique Roffey – review

  • Home to the world's largest collection of folk art, the more than 135,000 artifacts are elegant, playful, poignant, human-scale and zestful.

    Jonathan Lewis: Shoppers Without Borders

  • Wesley Stace who makes music under the name John Wesley Harding started his intelligent, exuberant "Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer" in 1910, then brought the music-centered story forward several decades; with its zestful mix of scholarship, suspense, wit, inventive storytelling and lively period detail, Mr. Stace's creation was a marvel.

    And Then There Were Ten

  • Molly Picon, "the girl who gets older every year and younger every day," remained zestful until Alzheimer's disease gripped her final few years.

    Jewish Women in Comedy - Molly Picon


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