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[sprahyt-lee] /ˈspraɪt li/
adjective, sprightlier, sprightliest.
animated, vivacious, or gay; lively.
in a sprightly manner.
Origin of sprightly
1590-1600; spright (spelling variant of sprite) + -ly
Related forms
sprightliness, noun
unsprightly, adjective, adverb
1. spirited, blithe, buoyant, spry. Unabridged
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  • Watch the sea, if sails come in sight a sprightly melody play.

    Tristan and Isolda Richard Wagner
  • The general opinion is, that he is as sprightly in his writings as he is heavy in his buildings.

  • At either end of the building an open window admitted the tip of a banana-leaf; up their green ribs the sprightly mouse careered.

    Summer Cruising in the South Seas Charles Warren Stoddard
  • Drayton must have written: And thus with sprightly words, etc.

    The Battaile of Agincourt Michael Drayton
  • The varied excitements of the time are mirrored in her sprightly letters.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • Graceful, sprightly, almost delicious in its dialogue and action.

    The Forsaken Inn Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for sprightly


adjective -lier, -liest
full of vitality; lively
(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 sprightly

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

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