Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

spry

[sprahy]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
adjective, spry·er, spry·est or spri·er, spri·est.
  1. active; nimble; agile; energetic; brisk.

Origin of spry

First recorded in 1740–50; origin uncertain
Related formsspry·ly, adverbspry·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for spry

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for spry

spry

adjective spryer, spryest, sprier or spriest
  1. active and brisk; nimble
Derived Formsspryly, adverbspryness, noun

Word Origin

C18: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dialect spragg sprig
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for spry

adj.

1746, dialectal, perhaps a shortening and alteration of sprightly, or from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse sprækr, dialectal Swedish sprygg "brisk, active"), from Proto-Germanic *sprek-, from PIE *(s)preg- "to jerk, scatter" (see sparse).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

  • About
  • Cookies, Terms, & Privacy
© 2018 Dictionary.com, LLC.