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adjective,spry·er, spry·est or spri·er, spri·est.
  1. active; nimble; agile; energetic; brisk.

Origin of spry

First recorded in 1740–50; origin uncertain

Other words from spry

  • spryly, adverb
  • spryness, noun

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How to use spry in a sentence

  • Certainly a half-dozen leaped spryly off their horses and in an instant had confined the escaping fire.

    The Rules of the Game | Stewart Edward White
  • The next morning Rusty Wren helped his wife so spryly that long before midday the house-cleaning was finished.

    The Tale of Rusty Wren | Arthur Scott Bailey
  • She jumped up spryly when the cars stopped at the steps, and smiled invitingly.

    Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks | Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • So Mr. Frog leaped spryly into the brook and struck out downstream.

    The Tale of Ferdinand Frog | Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Upon my releasing him from his incubus of gold dust, he stepped rather spryly for a time.

    The Adventures of Two Alabama Boys | H. J. Crumpton and Washington Bryan Crumpton

British Dictionary definitions for spry


/ (spraɪ) /

adjectivespryer, spryest, sprier or spriest
  1. active and brisk; nimble

Origin of spry

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

Derived forms of spry

  • spryly, adverb
  • spryness, noun

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