spriest

spriest

[sprahy-ist]
adjective
a superlative of spry.
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spry

[sprahy]
adjective, spryer, spryest or sprier, spriest.
active; nimble; agile; energetic; brisk.

Origin:
1740–50; origin uncertain

spryly, adverb
spryness, noun
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spry (spraɪ)
 
adj , spryer, spryest, sprier, spriest
active and brisk; nimble
 
[C18: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dialect spraggsprig]
 
'spryly
 
adv
 
'spryness
 
n

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spry
1746, dialectal, perhaps a shortening and alteration of sprightly, or from a Scand. source (cf. O.N. sprækr, dialectal Swed. sprygg "brisk, active"), from P.Gmc. *sprek-, from PIE *(s)preg- "to jerk, scatter" (see sparse).
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