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[sprahyt] /spraɪt/
Also, spright. an elf, fairy, or goblin.
Origin of sprite
1250-1300; Middle English sprit < Old French esprit < Latin spīritus spirit
Related forms
spritehood, noun
spriteless, adjective
spritelike, adjective
Can be confused
spirit, sprite.
See fairy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sprite
  • It's really an atmospheric phenomenon called a sprite.
  • It's easy to see how that little wood sprite went on to study ecology and fashioned himself into an environmental shock trooper.
  • Her quick changes of mood indicated that the sprite was infinitely capricious.
  • Unfortunately, when the sprite tries to reattach the gangster's severed pinky, he puts the thing on backwards.
British Dictionary definitions for sprite


(in folklore) a nimble elflike creature, esp one associated with water
a small dainty person
an icon in a computer game which can be manoeuvred around the screen by means of a joystick, etc
Word Origin
C13: from Old French esprit, from Latin spīritusspirit1
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Word Origin and History for sprite

c.1300, from Old French esprit "spirit," from Latin spiritus (see spirit (n.)).

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sprite in Technology

operating system
An operating system from Berkeley supporting multiprocessing and distributed files.
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graphics, file format
A small bitmap image, often used in animated games but also sometimes used as a synonym for icon.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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