COMB in ADJ-GRADED-spirited combines with adjectives to describe a person's character, attitude, or behaviour. For example, a mean-spirited person behaves in a way that is unkind to other people; a free-spirited person behaves freely and does as they please.→ See also , public-spirited
That's a mean-spirited thing for a mother to say...
Murray was an affable, free-spirited man...
Ten-year-olds are more knowledgeable and generous-spirited.
English dictionary. 2008.