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spry

[sprahy] /spraɪ/
adjective, spryer, spryest or sprier, spriest.
1.
active; nimble; agile; energetic; brisk.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; origin uncertain
Related forms
spryly, adverb
spryness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for spryest

spry

/spraɪ/
adjective spryer, spryest, sprier, spriest
1.
active and brisk; nimble
Derived Forms
spryly, adverb
spryness, noun
Word Origin
C18: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dialect spraggsprig
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Word Origin and History for spryest

spry

adj.

1746, dialectal, perhaps a shortening and alteration of sprightly, or from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse sprækr, dialectal Swedish sprygg "brisk, active"), from Proto-Germanic *sprek-, from PIE *(s)preg- "to jerk, scatter" (see sparse).

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