Definition of sprightly in English:


Syllabification: spright·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈsprītlē
(also spritely)

adjective (sprightlier, sprightliest)

  • (Especially of an old person) lively; full of energy: she was quite sprightly for her age
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    • Felicity, ‘a spunky, spritely girl growing up in Virginia in 1774,’ visits a local plantation where there are clearly slaves; the issue never arises.
    • Brian followed and greeted Michelle quietly while smiling at his spritely sister.
    • A sprightly woman wrings her hands as if flirtatiously sizing up a fellow resident at the nursing home.
    spry, lively, agile, nimble, energetic, active, full of energy, vigorous, spirited, animated, vivacious, frisky
    informal full of vim and vigor



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  • ‘But I'm 18, that's how old I feel,’ he says - and there is, to be sure, a sprightliness about him still.
  • If I was known for my sprightliness on the field, it was because I gave everything to be fit and healthy.
  • Yet it was their sprightliness in attack, their urgency in scampering forward, that characterised the early exchanges at Rugby Park.


late 16th century: from spright (rare variant of sprite) + -ly1.

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