Definition of high spirits in English:

high spirits

plural noun

  • Lively and cheerful behaviour or mood.

    ‘the team returned in high spirits’
    • ‘Lunch was punctuated by cheerful banter, with everyone in high spirits.’
    • ‘Gallipoli is a filmed tragedy, where the buoyancy, high spirits and beauty of youth are inevitably crushed by the forces of history.’
    • ‘Though in the prime of life, he still had the joyful high spirits of a young man, which he kept, I believe, into extreme old age.’
    • ‘She seemed to be in very high spirits, and just to hear her say dad, I'm safe, was just thrilling to me.’
    • ‘Although this is an extremely difficult condition to live with, Eloise was in high spirits throughout the trip.’
    • ‘A lawyer who visited him Wednesday said he is in good health and high spirits.’
    • ‘Maura and her father were in high spirits as they entered the pub.’
    • ‘But there is a difference between run-of-the-mill juvenile high spirits and causing real trouble.’
    • ‘Those who made it to the hall, more traditional Tory types with a fierce sense of duty, heard what they wanted to hear and departed in high spirits.’
    • ‘The thousands of people in what was probably a record crowd were in high spirits, even though many of them had queued in their cars for more than an hour to get in.’
    • ‘We'd been watching the England v Argentina game so everyone was in - shall we say - fairly high spirits.’
    • ‘Tomlinson was in high spirits when she emerged from the sea after completing the swim in 1 hour 36 minutes.’
    • ‘Some supporters were in high spirits, singing as they clutched their beer, but the event passed off without trouble.’
    • ‘The four of us were in pretty high spirits after that and I remember there being a lot of giggles as we ate our evening meal.’
    • ‘There is a difference between high spirits and going over the top.’
    • ‘We were all very hungry because we didn't have time to get any breakfast so most of us weren't in high spirits.’
    • ‘While Sunday was a disappointment each and every supporter was in high spirits coming home.’
    • ‘Sarah was still recovering from the operation last night, but her dad, Scott, said she is in high spirits.’
    • ‘Drink, drugs and high spirits led to some unfortunate situations that they would rather forget.’
    • ‘Intermittent showers failed to dampen the high spirits of the good-natured crowd.’
    liveliness, vitality, spirit, spiritedness, animation, zest, dynamism, energy, vigour, boisterousness, bounciness, sparkle, vivacity, buoyancy, cheerfulness, good cheer, good humour, joy, joyfulness, exuberance, ebullience, verve
    ebullient, buoyant, cheerful, sunny, breezy, jaunty, light-hearted, high-spirited, exhilarated, excited, elated, exultant, euphoric, joyful, cheery, merry, jubilant, sparkling, effervescent, vivacious, enthusiastic, irrepressible, energetic, animated, full of life, lively, vigorous, zestful
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