or spright



an elf, fairy, or goblin.

Nearby words

  1. sprinklingly,
  2. sprint,
  3. sprint medley,
  4. sprinter,
  5. sprit,
  6. sprite crab,
  7. spritsail,
  8. spritz,
  9. spritzer,
  10. spritzig

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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British Dictionary definitions for sprite



(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

Word Origin for sprite

C13: from Old French esprit, from Latin spīritus spirit 1

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Word Origin and History for sprite



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

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