un sprightly

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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