\ 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

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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 In the early months of the pandemic, Ilse Treister, a spry 96-year-old, was confined to her apartment. Eliza Fawcett, courant.com, "As the pandemic recedes, this Mother’s Day brings a fresh appreciation for the little things for residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities," 9 May 2021 But, in terms of Twilight’s narrative framework, Edward is meant to be a spry 104, since Meyers’ novel debuted in 2005. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "A Pressing Investigation: Who Is Older — Teen Vampire Edward Cullen Or Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes?," 25 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, Lynn, at a spry 88, sounds as sharp and loose as ever. Alex Suskind, EW.com, "Friday Five: Loretta Lynn pays tribute, Steve Aoki's adult contemporary phase, and more," 20 Mar. 2021 The Truffle Hunters follows several of the oldest of these men — like Carlo, the impish 88-year-old who sneaks out a window to go truffling, and Aurelio, who is a spry 84. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "The Truffle Hunters Heads for the Hills and Returns With a Feast for the Senses," 3 Mar. 2021 Dillermand, who is middle-aged, lives with his remarkably spry great-grandmother (oldemor, in Danish), and retains the worldview of a young boy. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "The Problem With This Kids’ Show Isn’t Just the Giant Penis," 26 Feb. 2021 Two days after she was extended to three intense sets and more than two hours by Aryna Sabalenka, Williams, 39, was spry enough to outrun and outlast Halep, who is 10 years younger. New York Times, "Serena Williams, Refreshed and Rolling, Sets Up Showdown With Osaka," 16 Feb. 2021 Stafford was still a spry 30-year-old with so much great football left in him, while Brady was a fading, 40-year-old quarterback playing on his last legs. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Yes, Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions should split. Too bad he already screwed it up," 27 Jan. 2021 The Nuggets were more spry on the boards, grabbing 10 offensive rebounds in the first half, snatching up seven more in the first five minutes of the third quarter, and finishing with 23 total. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Jazz find a way to fight through low-energy slog and beat Denver for a fifth straight win," 17 Jan. 2021

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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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16 May 2021

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“Spry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spry. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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