[ sprahy ]
/ spraɪ /

adjective, spry·er, spry·est or spri·er, spri·est.

active; nimble; agile; energetic; brisk.

Nearby words

  1. spruik,
  2. spruit,
  3. sprung,
  4. sprung molding,
  5. sprung rhythm,
  6. spryly,
  7. spt,
  8. spt.,
  9. spuc,
  10. spud

Origin of spry

First recorded in 1740–50; origin uncertain

Related formsspry·ly, adverbspry·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for spry


/ (spraɪ) /

adjective spryer, spryest, sprier or spriest

active and brisk; nimble
Derived Formsspryly, adverbspryness, noun

Word Origin for spry

C18: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dialect spragg sprig

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Word Origin and History for spry



1746, dialectal, perhaps a shortening and alteration of sprightly, or from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse sprækr, dialectal Swedish sprygg "brisk, active"), from Proto-Germanic *sprek-, from PIE *(s)preg- "to jerk, scatter" (see sparse).

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