Lively and cheerful behaviour or mood: the team returned in high spirits
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- 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.
liveliness, vitality, spirit, spiritedness, animation, zest, dynamism, energy, vigour, boisterousness, bounciness, sparkle, vivacity, buoyancy, cheerfulness, good cheer, good humour, joy, joyfulness, exuberance, ebullience, verve;
French joie de vivre
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
North American informal peart
archaic as merry as a grig, of good cheer
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