- animated or vivacious; lively.
- in a sprightly manner.
Origin of sprightly
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1. spirited, blithe, buoyant, spry.
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Examples from the Web for sprightliness
There were no traces of that beauty and sprightliness remaining.The Cruise of the Shining Light
The pulp is sweet and juicy but is lacking in sprightliness.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
He wondered at the ability and the sprightliness of the little fellow.Foma Gordyeff
"Andy, you dope," she whispered with a brave attempt at sprightliness.A Choice of Miracles
James A. Cox
And yet with what ease and sprightliness they chattered to him!Mollie's Prince
Rosa Nouchette Carey
- full of vitality; lively
- obsolete in a lively manner
C16: from spright, variant of sprite + -ly 1
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Word Origin and History for sprightliness
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