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adjective, spright·li·er, spright·li·est.
  1. animated or vivacious; lively.
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  1. in a sprightly manner.
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Origin of sprightly

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

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Related Words for sprightliness

pizzazz, intensity, vim, juice, zing, initiative, stamina, efficacy, zip, pep, animation, fortitude, effectiveness, might, exertion, ardor, vitality, puissance, efficiency, pluck

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Historical Examples of sprightliness

  • There were no traces of that beauty and sprightliness remaining.

    The Cruise of the Shining Light

    Norman Duncan

  • The pulp is sweet and juicy but is lacking in sprightliness.

  • He wondered at the ability and the sprightliness of the little fellow.

    Foma Gordyeff

    Maxim Gorky

  • "Andy, you dope," she whispered with a brave attempt at sprightliness.

  • And yet with what ease and sprightliness they chattered to him!

    Mollie's Prince

    Rosa Nouchette Carey

British Dictionary definitions for sprightliness


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