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spry

Syllabification: spry
Pronunciation: /sprī
 
/

Definition of spry in English:

adjective (spryer, spryest or sprier, spriest)

(Especially of an old person) active; lively: he continued to look spry and active well into his eighties
More example sentences
  • She is so spry, alert, and enthusiastic that it is difficult to imagine you are talking to a woman in her sixties.
  • James Henry Clark is pretty spry for a man whose caddie career began in the ‘Roaring Twenties’ and has spanned eight decades.
  • A small, spry woman of about sixty, she works as a home care nurse.
Synonyms
sprightly, lively, agile, nimble, energetic, active, full of energy, full of vim and vigor, vigorous, spirited, animated, vivacious, frisky, peppy

Origin

mid 18th century: of unknown origin.

Derivatives

spryly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Moving quite spryly for a woman her age Mrs. Khan strode to the wide shelf at the back of the room and retrieved a neat red notebook.

spryness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • She had been watching birds, which I found to be appropriate, since she had the expressions of a birdwatcher: bookish glasses, and an eternal look of spryness.
  • He was small and bent with age yet maintained a spryness that belied his 75 years and the fact that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
  • Johnson attributes her spryness and stamina to regular exercise: she walks a lot and works out at the New York Sports Club twice a week.

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