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[sprahyt-lee] /ˈspraɪt li/
adjective, sprightlier, sprightliest.
animated or vivacious; lively.
in a sprightly manner.
Origin of sprightly
1590-1600; spright (spelling variant of sprite) + -ly
Related forms
sprightliness, noun
unsprightly, adjective, adverb
1. spirited, blithe, buoyant, spry. Unabridged
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  • With this studiousness was joined a gaiety and sprightliness that manifested itself in all sorts of fun and mischief.

  • He wondered at the ability and the sprightliness of the little fellow.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • In him cheerfulness was mingled with gravity, sprightliness with serene tranquillity.

  • There were no traces of that beauty and sprightliness remaining.

  • There must also be polish, variety of style, sprightliness and versatility.

  • The pulp is sweet and juicy but is lacking in sprightliness.

  • Nevertheless, in those very letters there is some sprightliness, and considerable ability of a certain kind.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • And yet with what ease and sprightliness they chattered to him!

    Mollie's Prince Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • She wondered sleepily at his sprightliness, for as she remembered him at home he had been a confirmed lie-abed.

    Big Timber Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • She has lost all her sprightliness, and vapours me but to look at her.

    Camilla Fanny Burney
British Dictionary definitions for sprightliness


adjective -lier, -liest
full of vitality; lively
(obsolete) in a lively manner
Derived Forms
sprightliness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from spright, variant of sprite + -ly1
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Word Origin and History for sprightliness



1590s, from spright, early 16c. variant of sprite, + -ly (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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