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spry

[ sprahy ]
/ spraɪ /
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adjective, spry·er, spry·est or spri·er, spri·est.

active; nimble; agile; energetic; brisk.

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Origin of spry

First recorded in 1740–50; origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM spry

spryly, adverbspryness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for spry

spry
/ (spraɪ) /

adjective spryer, spryest, sprier or spriest

active and brisk; nimble

Derived forms of spry

spryly, adverbspryness, noun

Word Origin for spry

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