\ 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 In her book, a woman visiting her ailing father in the hospital suddenly travels back in time to her 16th birthday and re-meets the younger, spry version of her father. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 7 Sep. 2022 Lines people and ball kids will now step off the grass and onto the extra three feet of space between the grass and seating structure, giving players additional runback space and the grass extra opportunity to remain spry. Tim Newcomb, Forbes, 21 June 2022 Some folks in their 90s are spry and highly active, while folks who are decades younger appear to be much older. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 18 Aug. 2022 Championships aren’t won in July, but the Longhorns should be feeling pretty spry with the abundance of talent that’s set to arrive here, even if some have the unmitigated gall to say Texas is (gulp) buying players. Cedric Golden, USA TODAY, 5 July 2022 Turning 80 years old on Saturday, McCartney looked spry as ever. Hunter Boyce, ajc, 17 June 2022 With a few hundred pounds extra to cart around compared to the convertible, the Jensen GT was slightly less spry but still boasted a top speed of well over 100 mph. Benjamin Hunting, Car and Driver, 30 Mar. 2022 While Simmons was gruff and imposing, Stanley was spry and playful, frequently wiggling and lavishing the crowd with praise. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 May 2022 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 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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25 Sep 2022

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“Spry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spry. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for spry


\ 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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