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  1. a superlative of spry.
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adjective, spry·er, spry·est or spri·er, spri·est.
  1. active; nimble; agile; energetic; brisk.
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Origin of spry

First recorded in 1740–50; origin uncertain
Related formsspry·ly, adverbspry·ness, noun
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Related Words for spriest

energetic, agile, brisk, lithe, robust, sprightly, alert, fleet, healthy, nimble, prompt, quick, ready, sound, spirited, supple, vigorous, rocking

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Historical Examples of spriest

  • They say that you're a great jumper—the spriest jumper in all Pleasant Valley.

    The Tale of Kiddie Katydid

    Arthur Scott Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for spriest


adjective spryer, spryest, sprier or spriest
  1. active and brisk; nimble
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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 spriest



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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