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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
Recent Examples of sprightly from the Web
The affable, soft-spoken Ax, though not a flamboyant performer, projected those qualities which keep Mozart fresh: fleet technique in near constant motion, a playful response to the orchestra, and sprightly melodies.
The fire god Loge (Russell Thomas, sounding bronzed and burnished and wanting just a touch more viciousness) isn’t the usual sprightly trickster, but wry and thoughtful.
The friendship of George and Harold is celebrated, and the cheery vocal work of Hart and Middleditch gives the picture its sprightly spirit.
Built by British motor manufacture Alvis in 1939, the Daimler Scout Car—affectionately known as the 'Dingo'—is an impressively sprightly bit of WWII history.
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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
SPRIGHTLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sprightly for English Language Learners
: full of life and energy
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