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

Definition of spry

: able to move quickly, easily, and lightly : nimble sense 1 used especially to describe an older person a spry 75-year-old… his spry libidinous grandfather …— Stanley KauffmannMatthew is getting up in years, you know—he's sixty—and he isn't so spry as he once was.— Charles Keller

Other Words from spry

spryly adverb
… hopping spryly onto a treadmill. — Heather King Then there's his trumpet playing, which he still does spryly at the age of 82, with its dusty allure intact. — Giovanni Russonello
spryness noun
… he still has a boyish spryness although he's in his late forties. — Adam Mars-Jones

Examples of spry in a Sentence

an older woman who's still surprisingly spry
Recent Examples on the Web But more than anything else, this restaurant is powered by the passion of a spry 60-year-old man who has nothing to prove and everything to prove at the same time. Andy Wang, Robb Report, 16 June 2022 Samuel Bächli, who recently retired as Erfurt’s general music director, propelled the action with elegant, spry conducting. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 Perky and spry acidity that says springtime has arrived. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 Carrero brings a spry comic waywardness to her portrayal of the brandy-swigging spouse, who’s already growing a bit restless in the shadow of her rising academic star husband. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 Keep your spry feet dry as well; these hikers are waterproof, too. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2022 Juancho Hernangomez, a seeming throw-in piece in the Joe Ingles/Nickeil Alexander-Walker trade, had appeared to pass him by with his length, 3-point shooting, and more spry movement. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 Within minutes the profile of the 2021 vintage emerged: bright and lambent acidity integrated with spry aromas of slightly wild red fruits—country lane strawberries and young raspberries—before a background of subtle, silky tannins. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2022 In test drives, the compact car provided not only an engaging driving experience thanks to its spry handling, but a comfy and surprisingly spacious interior for the driver and passengers. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 19 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of spry

1746, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spry

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21 Jun 2022

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“Spry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spry. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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\ 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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