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sprightly

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adjective spright·ly \-lē\

Simple Definition of sprightly

  • : full of life and energy

Full Definition of sprightly

spright·li·erspright·li·est

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

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

spright·li·ness noun
sprightly adverb

Examples of sprightly

  1. <a sprightly child who often claims to be too tired to move when it's time to do chores>



Origin 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>.


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