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- Possessing a bold nature.
1816, Sir Walter Scott, chapter 2, in The Black Dwarf:
- The more high-spirited among the youth were, about the time that our narrative begins, expecting, rather with hope than apprehension, an opportunity of emulating their fathers in their military achievements.
- 1918, Jack London, "The Princess":
- "She was as fine a figure of a woman as I was a man, as high-spirited and courageous, as reckless and dare-devilish."
- Energetic, exuberant, or high-strung.
1861, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, chapter 1, in Ultor De Lacy: A Legend of Cappercullen:
- Their poor mother was, I believe, naturally a lighthearted, sociable, high-spirited little creature; and her gay and childish nature pined in the isolation and gloom of her lot.
- 1920, F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Offshore Pirate":
- Though she was nineteen she gave the effect of a high-spirited precocious child, and in the present glow of her youth and beauty all the men and women she had known were but driftwood on the ripples of her temperament.
- 1950 Sept. 25, "Music: Out of the Corner," Time:
- Last week a group of four high-spirited folksters known as the Weavers had succeeded in shouting, twanging and crooning folk singing out of its cloistered corner.
possessing a bold nature
energetic — see energetic