Simple Definition of sprightly
: full of life and energy
Examples of sprightly in a sentence
<a sprightly child who often claims to be too tired to move when it's time to do chores>
Did You Know?
Sprightly comes from spright, an archaic version of the word we now use for an elf or fairy: sprite. Ariel from Shakespeare's The Tempest and the leprechaun of Irish mythology are often referred to as sprites, and it's no coincidence that both are characterized by their light, flitting movements and mannerisms. Sprite derives via Middle English and Old French from the Latin spiritus, which of course gives us spirit as well. A similar-looking adjective that can describe someone who is nimble and energetic is spry, but that word is believed to be of Scandinavian origin.
Origin of sprightly
obsolete spright (sprite), alteration of sprite
First Known Use: 1596
Synonym Discussion of sprightly
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