\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Rest assured, Cincinnati Reds fans, that your favorite 36-year-old first baseman and future Reds Hall of Famer is still spry and athletic enough to dunk a basketball. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Joey Votto says he can still dunk basketball at 36," 16 Jan. 2020 The owner, a spry senior citizen named Yukio Yamamoto, who wore a red Ferrari cap, had invested ten thousand dollars to buy a breed of cow known for producing prize-winning wagyu beef. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "Is Nuclear Power Worth the Risk?," 22 Dec. 2019 Reflecting an offense that’s slowly starting to find its rhythm, Jokic looked spry en route to 28 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nikola Jokic’s fourth triple-double of the season sparks Nuggets over Thunder," 14 Dec. 2019 Larry Paulsen is spry and shrewd as Olivia’s jester, Feste. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "Review: The accent is on the hilarious at the Denver Center’s “Twelfth Night”," 30 Nov. 2019 And Todd Gurley looked spry on his 13-yard touchdown run. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Forget the Hype—the Browns Are Beginning to Believe in Themselves," 30 Sep. 2019 Possibly coming back sooner? (@friscofreak49) Staley indeed looks spry for someone who sustained a hairline fracture in his right fibula last Sunday. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers mailbag: How did Jimmy Garoppolo look?," 24 Sep. 2019 The spry 100-year-old received gifts from American Airlines and other organizations, and stood for seemingly every person that shook his hand. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "World War II vet and former Tomb of Unknown Soldier guard, 100, finally honored properly," 24 Oct. 2019 Looking and feeling spry doesn’t affect the quality of your eggs. Michelle Lee, Allure, "The Beautiful, Anxious, Unconventional Reality of Pregnancy After 40," 21 Oct. 2019

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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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28 Jan 2020

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“Spry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spry?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=spry0001. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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