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sprightly

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adjective spright·ly \-lē\

Simple Definition of sprightly

  • : full of life and energy

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sprightly

sprightlier

sprightliest

  1. 1 :  marked by a gay lightness and vivacity :  spirited <a sprightly musical>

  2. 2 :  having a distinctively piquant taste :  zesty <a sprightly salsa>

sprightliness

noun

sprightly

adverb

Examples of sprightly in a sentence

  1. <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 and Etymology of sprightly

obsolete spright (sprite), alteration of sprite


First Known Use: 1596

Synonym Discussion of sprightly

lively, animated, vivacious, sprightly, gay mean keenly alive and spirited. lively suggests briskness, alertness, or energy <a lively debate on the issues>. animated applies to what is spirited and active <an animated discussion of current events>. vivacious suggests an activeness of gesture and wit, often playful or alluring <a vivacious party host>. sprightly suggests lightness and spirited vigor of manner or wit <a tuneful, sprightly musical>. gay stresses complete freedom from care and overflowing spirits <the gay spirit of Paris in the 1920s>.

SPRIGHTLY Defined for Kids

sprightly

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adjective spright·ly \ˈsprīt-lē\

Definition of sprightly for Students

sprightlier

sprightliest

  1. :  full of spirit :  lively





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