Sprightly

  • 1 Sprightly — Spright ly ( l[y^]), a. [Compar. {Sprightlier} ( l[i^]*[ e]r); superl. {Sprightliest}.] [See {Sprite}.] Sprightlike, or spiritlike; lively; brisk; animated; vigorous; airy; gay; as, a sprightly youth; a sprightly air; a sprightly dance. Sprightly …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 sprightly — [sprīt′lē] adj. sprightlier, sprightliest [< spright, var. of SPRITE + LY1] full of energy and spirit; lively, brisk, etc. adv. sprightlier, sprightliest in a sprightly manner SYN. AGILE …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 sprightly — index alert (agile), jocular, resilient, volatile Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 sprightly — 1590s, from spright, early 16c. variant of SPRITE (Cf. sprite), + LY (Cf. ly) (1) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 sprightly — *lively, animated, vivacious, gay Analogous words: *active, live, dynamic: *agile, nimble, brisk, spry: *merry, blithe, jocund …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 sprightly — [adj] fun, vivacious active, agile, airy, alert, animate, animated, blithe, bouncy, breezy, bright, brisk, cheerful, cheery, chipper, chirpy, clever, dapper, dashing, energetic, fairylike, frolicsome, gay, good, grooving, hyper, jaunty, jolly,… …

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  • 7 sprightly — (also spritely) ► ADJECTIVE (sprightlier, sprightliest) ▪ (especially of an old person) lively; energetic. DERIVATIVES sprightliness noun. ORIGIN from spright, a rare variant of SPRITE(Cf. ↑sprite) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 sprightly — UK [ˈspraɪtlɪ] / US adjective Word forms sprightly : adjective sprightly comparative sprightlier superlative sprightliest a) a sprightly person is healthy and has a lot of energy b) used about things that are done with a lot of energy sprightly… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 sprightly — adjective (sprightlier; est) Etymology: obsolete spright (sprite), alteration of sprite Date: 1596 1. marked by a gay lightness and vivacity ; spirited < a sprightly musical > 2. having a distinctively piquant taste ; zesty …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 sprightly — spright|ly [ spraıtli ] adjective a sprightly person is healthy and has a lot of energy a. used about things that are done with a lot of energy: sprightly enthusiasm …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 sprightly — [[t]spra͟ɪtli[/t]] sprightlier, sprightliest ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A sprightly person, especially an old person, is lively and active. ...the sprightly 85 year old President. Syn: spry …

    English dictionary

  • 12 sprightly — sprightliness, n. /spruyt lee/, adj., sprightlier, sprightliest, adv. adj. 1. animated, vivacious, or gay; lively. adv. 2. in a sprightly manner. [1590 1600; spright (sp. var. of SPRITE) + LY] Syn. 1. spirited, blithe, buoyant, spry. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 13 sprightly — spright|ly [ˈspraıtli] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: sprite] an old person who is sprightly is still active and full of energy used to show approval >sprightliness n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 sprightly — adjective an old person who is sprightly is still active and full of energy sprightliness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 sprightly — adjective sprightly Irish folk dancers Syn: spry, lively, agile, nimble, energetic, active, full of energy, vigorous, spirited, animated, vivacious, frisky; informal full of vim and vigor Ant: doddery, lethargic …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 sprightly — spright•ly [[t]ˈspraɪt li[/t]] adj. li•er, li•est, adv. 1) animated; buoyant; lively 2) in a sprightly manner • Etymology: 1590–1600; spright (sp. var. of sprite) + ly spright′li•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 sprightly — /ˈspraɪtli / (say spruytlee) adjective (sprightlier, sprightliest) 1. animated or vivacious; lively. –adverb 2. in a sprightly manner. Also, spritely. {from spright, variant of sprite + ly} –sprightliness, noun Usage: Although some writers… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 sprightly — 1. adjective a) animated, vivacious, or gay; lively b) full of life and vigor, especially with a light and springy step 2. adverb …

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  • 19 sprightly — Synonyms and related words: Attic, active, activist, activistic, agile, alert, alive, animate, animated, antic, biting, bouncing, bouncy, breezy, brilliant, brisk, bubbly, capersome, cheerful, chipper, clever, coltish, droll, ebullient,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 sprightly — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. gay, brisk, vivacious, animated; scintillating, smart. See cheerfulness, wit. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. animated, brisk, lively, light, nimble, agile, quick, jaunty, spry, dapper, bright, spirited …

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