\ˈsprī \
sprier or spryer\ ˈsprī(-​ə)r \; spriest or spryest\ ˈsprī-​əst \

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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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 As an autopsy of one of the darker moments in recent British political disgrace, A Very English Scandal is a spry and surprisingly funny work. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Sex, Lies, and Bunnies in A Very English Scandal," 3 July 2018 But Sir Elton, who will bring his farewell tour to The Q on Nov. 3, is 70 and hardly spry. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland.com, "2018 Grammy Awards had their moments, but the show failed to live up to the hype: Chuck Yarborough," 29 Jan. 2018 And focusing on older, less-spry founders might cause a venture capitalist to lose touch with today’s consumers, customers and products, and totally whiff on a wave of innovation. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Khosla Ventures’ newest partner worries for too-young CEOs when they have too-appeasing venture capitalists," 17 June 2018 After taking off with spry synths, a tick-tocking beat and Jimin’s forlorn opening verse, the song subtly builds toward its sweeping, trop house climax. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "BTS' 50 Best Songs: Critics' Picks," 12 June 2018 There’s plenty of guys here who are young and spry and running around, and something might happen. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Panthers graybeard is healthy, looking to leave tank on empty at end of final season," 12 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 \
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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playful or foolish behavior

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