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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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  • Asparagus soup is no longer bright and sprightly with a nutty flavor but a dull green puree with a subdued taste.
  • Among the smallest of these birds are the vivacious verdins and the sprightly gnat-catchers.
  • 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.
  • Large, firm berries with an excellent, sprightly flavor.
  • The quick dance movements were sprightly and musical.
  • Barbecued beef stick burnished with peanut butter sauce and served atop a small salad is a sprightly treat.
  • The meat is so thin that it functions as a backdrop for other ingredients, be they sprightly vegetables or a spicy paste.
  • The tunes range from four-to-the-bar reels to various types of jigs, which can be either sprightly or stately.
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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