sprier

[sprahy-er]
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adjective

a comparative of spry.

Nearby words

  1. sprechstimme,
  2. spree,
  3. spree killer,
  4. sprekelia,
  5. sprent,
  6. spriest,
  7. sprig,
  8. sprigged,
  9. spriggy,
  10. spright

spry

[sprahy]

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 formsspry·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

spry

adjective spryer, spryest, sprier or spriest

active and brisk; nimble
Derived Formsspryly, adverbspryness, noun

Word Origin for spry

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

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Word Origin and History for sprier

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).

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