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sprightly

[sprahyt-lee] /ˈspraɪt li/
adjective, sprightlier, sprightliest.
1.
animated, vivacious, or gay; lively.
adverb
2.
in a sprightly manner.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; spright (spelling variant of sprite) + -ly
Related forms
sprightliness, noun
unsprightly, adjective, adverb
Synonyms
1. spirited, blithe, buoyant, spry.
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British Dictionary definitions for sprightliness

sprightly

/ˈspraɪtlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
full of vitality; lively
adverb
2.
(obsolete) in a lively manner
Derived Forms
sprightliness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from spright, variant of sprite + -ly1
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Word Origin and History for sprightliness

sprightly

adj.

1590s, from spright, early 16c. variant of sprite, + -ly (1).

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