Definition of out of spirits in US English:

out of spirits


  • Sad; discouraged.

    ‘I was too tired and out of spirits to eat or drink much’
    • ‘Poole confesses that Dr. Jekyll is constantly confined to the laboratory and is often out of spirits.’
    • ‘It certainly did seem rather dull and out of spirits.’
    • ‘‘You do seem a little out of spirits today, Wendy,’ he said and smiled.’
    • ‘From where she was, Em could sense better than she could see that he was notably out of spirits.’
    • ‘He had come on behalf of his sister who was still out of spirits from what had happened at the ball, and he had hope that Imogene visiting her would cheer his sister up.’