sprightly

[sprahyt-lee]
adjective, sprightlier, sprightliest.
1.
animated, vivacious, or gay; lively.
adverb
2.
in a sprightly manner.

Origin:
1590–1600; spright (spelling variant of sprite) + -ly

sprightliness, noun
unsprightly, adjective, adverb


1. spirited, blithe, buoyant, spry.
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sprightly (ˈspraɪtlɪ)
 
adj , -lier, -liest
1.  full of vitality; lively
 
adv
2.  obsolete in a lively manner
 
[C16: from spright, variant of sprite + -ly1]
 
'sprightliness
 
n

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sprightly
1596, from spright, early 16c. variant of sprite.
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Example sentences
Asparagus soup is no longer bright and sprightly with a nutty flavor but a dull
  green puree with a subdued taste.
Meanwhile downstairs, there were both sprightly and contemplative performances.
Large, firm berries with an excellent, sprightly flavor add to my plant list.
He was incredibly sprightly and forceful, especially for a centenarian.
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