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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  • sprightly — 1590s, from spright, early 16c. variant of SPRITE (Cf. sprite), + LY (Cf. ly) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

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