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sprightly

[sprahyt-lee]
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adjective, spright·li·er, spright·li·est.
  1. animated or vivacious; lively.
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adverb
  1. in a sprightly manner.
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Origin of sprightly

1590–1600; spright (spelling variant of sprite) + -ly
Related formsspright·li·ness, nounun·spright·ly, adjective, adverb

Synonyms

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1. spirited, blithe, buoyant, spry.
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  • Let them be sprightly, and, if possible, have a snapper at the end.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • Here's a sprightly subject: What are you going to do, Mr. Kirkwood?

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • But, for example, the sprightly little woman was very sure of it, she said.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • "I drink to the offspring of monsieur and madame," quoth he in a sprightly tone.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • Her words were sprightly enough, but her face had clouded over.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic


British Dictionary definitions for sprightly

sprightly

adjective -lier or -liest
  1. full of vitality; lively
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adverb
  1. obsolete in a lively manner
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Derived Formssprightliness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from spright, variant of sprite + -ly 1
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Word Origin and History for sprightly

adj.

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

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