Etymology
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spiritless (adj.)

1560s, "dead," from spirit (n.) + -less. Meaning "having no vigor or vivacity" is from 1650s. Related: Spiritlessly.

updated on November 07, 2013

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Definitions of spiritless from WordNet

spiritless (adj.)
lacking ardor or vigor or energy;
a spiritless reply to criticism
spiritless (adj.)
evidencing little spirit or courage; overly submissive or compliant; "a fine fiery blast against meek conformity"- Orville Prescott;
Synonyms: meek
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