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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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  • 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
  • Coraline was not so sprightly as Camille, but she was prettier.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for sprightly


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 sprightly

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

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