Definition of spiritful in English:


Pronunciation /ˈspɪrɪtfʊl/


  • 1Of a person, the mind, etc.: spirited; full of energy, vigour, or animation; assertive, determined, bold.

  • 2 rare Of a thing, action, behaviour, event, etc.: characterized by, displaying, or suggestive of spirit, energy, vigour, or determination. Compare "spirited".

  • 3That contains spirit. Of a substance, especially a liquid: containing, resembling, or having the properties of a spirit, essence, or distilled extract; spirituous; volatile; (of a drink) that is or contains alcoholic spirit; strongly alcoholic. Also figurative and in figurative contexts. rare after 17th century.

  • 4Relating to or concerned with the human spirit or soul; characterized by or demonstrating concern for spiritual as opposed to physical or material things; displaying refinement or sensitivity of spirit.


Late 16th century; earliest use found in Michael Drayton (1536–1631), poet. From spirit + -ful.