Animal spirits

exuberance arising from an excess of energy; vivacity and good humor:
The children romped on the lawn, full of animal spirits.
Historical Examples

It may possibly be imagined that he was made a mere book-worm, or might have been naturally deficient in animal spirits.
Olive Leaves Lydia Howard Sigourney

Most of this cruelty, I think, is born of a sheer excess of animal spirits.
The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer

It was a mere outbreak of animal spirits, and was not taken seriously.
The Son of a Servant August Strindberg

If the animal spirits fail, they represent it as an actual temptation.
The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson Robert Southey

Central Park offers numerous attractions now to all who love to keep up their animal spirits by studying animal life.
Punchinello, Vol. 2, No. 36, December 3, 1870 Various

At the same time they possessed a large fund of animal spirits.
Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill

None of the changes or chances of an adventurous life seem to have either abated or checked the flow of his animal spirits.
Lippincott’s Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20, September, 1877. Various

He has more than the usual amount of animal spirits, that is all.
Bert Lloyd’s Boyhood J. McDonald Oxley

Each day his animal spirits surged higher; each day her sway of awe and respect grew more precarious.
The Fashionable Adventures of Joshua Craig David Graham Phillips

She rolled downhill at Rialto bridge to tempt me with her flow of animal spirits.
Ulysses James Joyce

plural noun
cheerful and exuberant boisterousness


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