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  1. an elf, fairy, or goblin.
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Origin of sprite

1250–1300; Middle English sprit < Old French esprit < Latin spīritus spirit
Related formssprite·hood, nounsprite·less, adjectivesprite·like, adjective
Can be confusedspirit sprite


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See fairy.
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Examples from the Web for spright

Historical Examples

  • Sprightly (spright, a contraction of spirit); sprite (a contraction of spirit).

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  • We have also spright, impregnable, and other misspelt words, for which it is difficult to assign a reason.

  • The gentlest shepherdess that lives this day, And most resembling, both in shape and spright, Her brother dear.

British Dictionary definitions for spright


  1. (in folklore) a nimble elflike creature, esp one associated with water
  2. a small dainty person
  3. an icon in a computer game which can be manoeuvred around the screen by means of a joystick, etc
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French esprit, from Latin spīritus spirit 1
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Word Origin and History for spright



c.1300, from Old French esprit "spirit," from Latin spiritus (see spirit (n.)).

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