\ ˈsprī How to pronounce spry (audio) \
sprier or spryer\ ˈsprī(-​ə)r How to pronounce spryer (audio) \; spriest or spryest\ ˈsprī-​əst How to pronounce spryest (audio) \

Definition of spry

: nimble sense 1 a spry 75-year-old

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Other Words from spry

spryly adverb
spryness noun

Examples of spry in a Sentence

an older woman who's still surprisingly spry

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For a man who’s to turn a century old in five months, Melnikoff is the picture of vigor with his healthy tan, spry bearing and talkative personality. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "'True fighting soldier' reflects — and returns to France — for 75th anniversary of D-Day invasion," 6 June 2019 The rest of the band makes spry work of otherwise staid idioms. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Hootie & the Blowfish, Great American Rock Band (Yes, Really)," 6 June 2019 Long iron hair, yet the spry gait of some extinct animal. Smith Henderson, Popular Mechanics, "Olympia," 20 Nov. 2017 Sadly absent is a short BBC film by Kevin Brownlow from 1967, in which the aged but still spry Sternberg discusses and demonstrates his shooting style. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "‘Dietrich & Von Sternberg in Hollywood’ Review: Mining Cinema’s Golden Age," 16 July 2018 Liberal icons Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Dianne Feinstein are both 85, Maxine Waters is 80, Nancy Pelosi is 78 and Bernie Sanders is a spry 77 years old. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Rosie O'Donnell calls on senior GOP politicians to retire: 'We don't let the 85 year olds carve the turkey'," 21 Sep. 2018 Verisimilitude is enlivened with spry theatricality. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "A spectacular new 'Uncle Vanya' at San Diego's Old Globe," 21 Feb. 2018 Spider-Man’s fight scenes and aerial acrobatics had a spry kineticism that contrasted with the brawny physicality of Kirby’s compositions. Andy Webster, New York Times, "Steve Ditko, Influential Comic-Book Artist Who Helped Create Spider-Man, Dies at 90," 7 July 2018 Crowley is a relatively spry 56, but Ocasio-Cortez was an 8-year-old when he was elected to Congress in 1998. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Crowley going down spotlights the looming Democratic identity crisis," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of spry

1746, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spry

origin unknown

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Dictionary Entries near spry

sprung rhythm

sprung weight






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English Language Learners Definition of spry

: full of life and energy


\ ˈsprī How to pronounce spry (audio) \
sprier or spryer; spriest or spryest

Kids Definition of spry

: lively sense 1, active My grandma is still spry at 80.

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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