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  1. in a sprightly manner.

Origin of sprightly

1590–1600; spright (spelling variant of sprite) + -ly
Related formsspright·li·ness, nounun·spright·ly, adjective, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for sprightliness


adjective -lier or -liest
  1. full of vitality; lively
  1. obsolete in a lively manner
Derived Formssprightliness, noun

Word Origin for sprightly

C16: from spright, variant of sprite + -ly 1
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Word Origin and History for sprightliness



1590s, from spright, early 16c. variant of sprite, + -ly (1).

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