Also, spright. an elf, fairy, or goblin.

1250–1300; Middle English sprit < Old French esprit < Latin spīritus spirit

spritehood, noun
spriteless, adjective
spritelike, adjective

spirit, sprite.

See fairy.
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sprite (spraɪt)
1.  (in folklore) a nimble elflike creature, esp one associated with water
2.  a small dainty person
3.  an icon in a computer game which can be manoeuvred around the screen by means of a joystick, etc
[C13: from Old French esprit, from Latin spīritusspirit1]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. esprit "spirit," from L. spiritus (see spirit).
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Example sentences for SPRITES
It seems that the mario sprites are almost identical to its predecessor.
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