(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. high-strung, courageous, plucky. See courage, excitability.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [High-spirited]
Syn. spirited, vigorous, spunky; see active 2 .
2. [Gallant]
Syn. plucky, valiant, dauntless; see brave 1 .
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Having or showing courage: audacious, bold, brave, courageous, dauntless, doughty, fearless, fortitudinous, gallant, game, hardy, heroic, intrepid, plucky, stout, stouthearted, unafraid, undaunted, valiant, valorous. Informal: spunky. Slang: gutsy, gutty. See FEAR. 2. Full of or characterized by a lively, emphatic, eager quality: fiery, high-spirited, peppery, spirited, vibrant. Informal: snappy. See ACTION, FEELINGS.

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