- an elf, fairy, or goblin.
Origin of sprite
1250–1300; Middle English sprit < Old French esprit < Latin spīritus spirit
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Related Wordsrapid, energetic, frisky, limber, athletic, buoyant, spirited, lithe, lively, sprightly, quick, sharp, supple, active, acute, alert, brisk, clever, dexterous, fleet
Examples from the Web for spright
Sprightly (spright, a contraction of spirit); sprite (a contraction of spirit).New Word-Analysis
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.A Defence of Poesie and Poems
- (in folklore) a nimble elflike creature, esp one associated with water
- a small dainty person
- an icon in a computer game which can be manoeuvred around the screen by means of a joystick, etc
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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