\ ˈspär-kē How to pronounce sparky (audio) \
sparkier; sparkiest

Definition of sparky

: marked by animation : lively sparky children

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Other Words from sparky

sparkily \ ˈspär-​kə-​lē How to pronounce sparkily (audio) \ adverb

Examples of sparky in a Sentence

that sparky little kid tires me out just looking at him

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Sisterly chemistry is the natural resource fueling The Year of Spectacular Men, an uneven but sparky comedy showcasing Madelyn Deutch and her real-life sib Zoey, star of such features as Why Him? and Vampire Academy. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Year of Spectacular Men': Film Review | LAFF 2017," 17 June 2017

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First Known Use of sparky

circa 1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sparky was circa 1865

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English Language Learners Definition of sparky

chiefly British, informal : lively and energetic

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