\ 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

: able to move quickly, easily, and lightly : nimble sense 1 used especially to describe an older persona 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 When play resumed, Federer did not look as spry or confident as in the first set. Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "Novak Djokovic defeats Roger Federer to reach record eighth Australian Open final," 30 Jan. 2020 Ernie Sisto/The New York Times The N.F.L. looks remarkably spry at 100 years old. James Surowiecki, New York Times, "Beautiful. Violent. American. The N.F.L. at 100.," 19 Dec. 2019 The paramedics couldn’t believe the spry man — a retired sewage district custodian — was 80 years old. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "When the coronavirus came to San Francisco’s Bayview, it attacked the heart of the historically black neighborhood: the elders," 15 May 2020 Our spry senior citizens have been looking for loopholes. Beth Spotswood, SFChronicle.com, "With help of tools like Zoom, grandparents stay connected," 1 Apr. 2020 The Beshear piece includes a compilation of social media memes, post and interviews with individuals who have developed a crush on the spry, handsome governor. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky governor a 'clean-cut sex symbol' for the coronavirus age, Salon editor says," 22 Mar. 2020 Specifically, on how to remain intellectually spry despite the passage of time. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg demonstrates the Zen principle “beginner’s mind”," 25 Feb. 2020 But the spry, vibrant playoff hopeful never slowed down, using an explosive 43-point first quarter to grab control early. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers can’t keep up with surging New Orleans Pelicans, 116-104, as winning streak comes to end," 29 Feb. 2020 Sanders came away as spry as a congenitally angry near-octogenarian scold could possibly be. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Bloomberg Craps Out in Vegas," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of spry

1746, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spry

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Cite this Entry

“Spry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spry. Accessed 5 Jun. 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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