Sprightlier
Sprightly Spright"ly (-l[y^]), a. [Compar. {Sprightlier} (-l[i^]*[~e]r); superl. {Sprightliest}.] [See {Sprite}.] Sprightlike, or spiritlike; lively; brisk; animated; vigorous; airy; gay; as, a sprightly youth; a sprightly air; a sprightly dance. ``Sprightly wit and love inspires.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The sprightly Sylvia trips along the green. --Pope. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • sprightlier — spright·ly || spraɪtlɪ adj. full of life, animated, spirited …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sprightly — [sprīt′lē] adj. sprightlier, sprightliest [< spright, var. of SPRITE + LY1] full of energy and spirit; lively, brisk, etc. adv. sprightlier, sprightliest in a sprightly manner SYN. AGILE …   English World dictionary

  • Sprightliest — Sprightly Spright ly ( l[y^]), a. [Compar. {Sprightlier} ( l[i^]*[ e]r); superl. {Sprightliest}.] [See {Sprite}.] Sprightlike, or spiritlike; lively; brisk; animated; vigorous; airy; gay; as, a sprightly youth; a sprightly air; a sprightly dance …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sprightly — Spright ly ( l[y^]), a. [Compar. {Sprightlier} ( l[i^]*[ e]r); superl. {Sprightliest}.] [See {Sprite}.] Sprightlike, or spiritlike; lively; brisk; animated; vigorous; airy; gay; as, a sprightly youth; a sprightly air; a sprightly dance. Sprightly …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sprightly — adjective (sprightlier; est) Etymology: obsolete spright (sprite), alteration of sprite Date: 1596 1. marked by a gay lightness and vivacity ; spirited < a sprightly musical > 2. having a distinctively piquant taste ; zesty …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • sprightly — sprightliness, n. /spruyt lee/, adj., sprightlier, sprightliest, adv. adj. 1. animated, vivacious, or gay; lively. adv. 2. in a sprightly manner. [1590 1600; spright (sp. var. of SPRITE) + LY] Syn. 1. spirited, blithe, buoyant, spry. * * * …   Universalium

  • plothole — (PLAWT.hol) n. An obvious element missing from the plot of a movie, television show, play, or book. Example Citation: Is dialogue that sounds like it could be spoken by actual human beings (rather than a marketing VP) too much to ask? Can the… …   New words

  • sprightly — [[t]spra͟ɪtli[/t]] sprightlier, sprightliest ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A sprightly person, especially an old person, is lively and active. ...the sprightly 85 year old President. Syn: spry …   English dictionary

  • sprightly — (also spritely) adjective (sprightlier, sprightliest) (especially of an old person) lively; energetic. Derivatives sprightliness noun Origin C16: from spright (rare var. of sprite) + ly1 …   English new terms dictionary

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