Now, Johnnie Green was spry; but this black lamb was sprier.
sprier than many young boys, and handsomer than his own son if she did say so.
Now, with Jasper and Mrs. Jay both flying at him, Frisky had to be sprier than ever.
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).