Definition of high spirits in English:

high spirits

plural noun

  • Lively and cheerful behavior or mood.

    ‘the team returned in high spirits’
    • ‘But there is a difference between run-of-the-mill juvenile high spirits and causing real trouble.’
    • ‘Lunch was punctuated by cheerful banter, with everyone in high spirits.’
    • ‘We'd been watching the England v Argentina game so everyone was in - shall we say - fairly high spirits.’
    • ‘We were all very hungry because we didn't have time to get any breakfast so most of us weren't in high spirits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although this is an extremely difficult condition to live with, Eloise was in high spirits throughout the trip.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tomlinson was in high spirits when she emerged from the sea after completing the swim in 1 hour 36 minutes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sarah was still recovering from the operation last night, but her dad, Scott, said she is 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.’
    • ‘She seemed to be in very high spirits, and just to hear her say dad, I'm safe, was just thrilling to me.’
    • ‘A lawyer who visited him Wednesday said he is in good health and high spirits.’
    • ‘There is a difference between high spirits and going over the top.’
    • ‘While Sunday was a disappointment each and every supporter was in high spirits coming home.’
    • ‘Drink, drugs and high spirits led to some unfortunate situations that they would rather forget.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some supporters were in high spirits, singing as they clutched their beer, but the event passed off without trouble.’
    • ‘Intermittent showers failed to dampen the high spirits of the good-natured crowd.’
    • ‘Maura and her father were in high spirits as they entered the pub.’
    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
    bubbly, bouncy, peppy, zingy, upbeat, chipper, chirpy, smiley, sparky, full of beans
    gladsome, blithe, blithesome
    liveliness, vitality, spirit, spiritedness, animation, zest, dynamism, energy, vigour, boisterousness, bounciness, sparkle, vivacity, buoyancy, cheerfulness, good cheer, good humour, joy, joyfulness, exuberance, ebullience, verve
    joie de vivre
    go, pep, oomph, pizzazz, zing, zip, fizz
    as merry as a grig, of good cheer
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high spirits

/hī ˈspirits/