[ sprahy-er ]
/ ˈspraɪ ər /


a comparative of spry.

Definition for sprier (2 of 2)


[ sprahy ]
/ spraɪ /

adjective, spry·er, spry·est or spri·er, spri·est.

active; nimble; agile; energetic; brisk.

Origin of spry

First recorded in 1740–50; origin uncertain

Related forms

spry·ly, adverbspry·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for sprier

  • Sprier than many young boys, and handsomer than his own son if she did say so.

    Gigolo|Edna Ferber
  • Now, with Jasper and Mrs. Jay both flying at him, Frisky had to be sprier than ever.

    The Tale of Frisky Squirrel|Arthur Scott Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for sprier


/ (spraɪ) /

adjective spryer, spryest, sprier or spriest

active and brisk; nimble

Derived Forms

spryly, adverbspryness, noun

Word Origin for spry

C18: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dialect spragg sprig
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