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spry

[sprahy]
adjective, spry·er, spry·est or spri·er, spri·est.
  1. active; nimble; agile; energetic; brisk.
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Origin of spry

First recorded in 1740–50; origin uncertain
Related formsspry·ly, adverbspry·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for spryly

Historical Examples

  • He could run up the mast to set the lantern or clear a line as spryly as a cat.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo)

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • Well, we got over the bowlder field—Fitz as spryly as any of us.

  • Rilla noticed that he was stepping as spryly as ever he had.

  • And all the time Johnnie Green was working as spryly as he could.

    The Tale of Old Dog Spot

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • There is no shadow of doubt in Stratford that the spirits of the Riggses are spryly cavorting around their former abode.


British Dictionary definitions for spryly

spry

adjective spryer, spryest, sprier or spriest
  1. active and brisk; nimble
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Derived Formsspryly, adverbspryness, noun

Word Origin

C18: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dialect spragg sprig
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Word Origin and History for spryly

spry

adj.

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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