[ sprahy ]
/ spraɪ /

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

active; nimble; agile; energetic; brisk.

Origin of spry

First recorded in 1740–50; origin uncertain


spry·ly, adverbspry·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for spryness

  • Bob Buckham wouldn't never have owned the place and stacked up the few dollars he has in bank, if it hadn't been for her spryness.

  • She flashed just the trace of a smile; gathering her skirt she ran on, undeterred by the teamsters applauding her spryness.

    Desert Dust|Edwin L. Sabin
  • Get some spryness into your feet if you want to be like your father, and run, now, to see Moike loight the fire.

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys|Gulielma Zollinger
  • When there was anything in the line of cooking going on, he could show an astonishing amount of spryness for a fellow so stout.

British Dictionary definitions for spryness

/ (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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