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sprightly

Line breaks: spright¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈsprʌɪtli
 
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(also spritely)

Definition of sprightly in English:

adjective (sprightlier, sprightliest; spritelier, spriteliest)

(Especially of an old person) lively; full of energy: she was quite sprightly for her age
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
lively, spry, energetic, active, full of life, full of energy, vigorous, spirited, animated, vivacious, playful, jaunty, perky, frisky, agile, nimble
informal chipper, sparkly, zippy, zappy, full of vim and vigour, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, full of beans
North American informal peppy, peart
Northern English informal wick

Origin

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

Derivatives

sprightliness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • ‘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.

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