sprightly


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spright·ly

also sprite·ly (sprīt′lē)
adj. spright·li·er, spright·li·est also sprite·li·er or sprite·li·est
Full of spirit and vitality; lively; brisk.
adv.
In a lively, animated manner.

spright′li·ness n.

sprightly

(ˈspraɪtlɪ)
adj, -lier or -liest
full of vitality; lively
adv
obsolete in a lively manner
[C16: from spright, variant of sprite + -ly1]
ˈsprightliness n

spright•ly

(ˈspraɪt li)

adj. -li•er, -li•est,
adv. adj.
1. animated; buoyant; lively.
adv.
2. in a sprightly manner.
[1590–1600; spright (sp. variant of sprite) + -ly]
spright′li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sprightly - full of spirit and vitality; "a sprightly young girl"; "a sprightly dance"
spirited - displaying animation, vigor, or liveliness

sprightly

sprightly

adjective
1. Possessing, exerting, or displaying energy:
Informal: peppy.
Translations

sprightly

[ˈspraɪtlɪ] ADJ (sprightlier (compar) (sprightliest (superl))) → enérgico

sprightly

[ˈspraɪtli] adj [person] → alerte

sprightly

adj (+er) person, tunemunter, lebhaft; old personrüstig; walk, danceschwungvoll

sprightly

[ˈspraɪtlɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) → vivace
a sprightly old man → un vecchietto arzillo
References in classic literature ?
He found nothing to perplex or disappoint, much to admire and approve, for overlooking a few little affectations of speech and manner, she was as sprightly and graceful as ever, with the addition of that indescribable something in dress and bearing which we call elegance.
don't vex yourself; you have the greatest honor; a mare that can carry a tall man of our master's weight, with all your spring and sprightly action, does not need to hold her head down because she does not carry the lady; we horses must take things as they come, and always be contented and willing so long as we are kindly used.
Silvery-headed age and sprightly youth, maids and matrons, had to undergo the same indelicate inspection.
Me, she had dispensed from joining the group; saying, "She regretted to be under the necessity of keeping me at a distance; but that until she heard from Bessie, and could discover by her own observation, that I was endeavouring in good earnest to acquire a more sociable and childlike disposition, a more attractive and sprightly manner-- something lighter, franker, more natural, as it were--she really must exclude me from privileges intended only for contented, happy, little children.
As Traddles seemed to expect that I should assent to this as a matter of course, I nodded; and he went on, with the same sprightly patience - I can find no better expression - as before.
He threw me into the greatest confusion by laughing heartily and replying in a very sprightly manner, "No, to be sure; you're right.
A sprightly tramp promised greater difficulty, and nothing but some ferocious pantomime and a shilling persuaded him to forego a choice fantasia of cockney humour.
Dorothea, who was shrewd and sprightly, and by this time thoroughly understood Don Quixote's crazy turn, and that all except Sancho Panza were making game of him, not to be behind the rest said to him, on observing his irritation, "Sir Knight, remember the boon you have promised me, and that in accordance with it you must not engage in any other adventure, be it ever so pressing; calm yourself, for if the licentiate had known that the galley slaves had been set free by that unconquered arm he would have stopped his mouth thrice over, or even bitten his tongue three times before he would have said a word that tended towards disrespect of your worship.
John Bunsby, himself, a man of forty-five or thereabouts, vigorous, sunburnt, with a sprightly expression of the eye, and energetic and self-reliant countenance, would have inspired confidence in the most timid.
He was sprightly, vigorous, fiery in his belief in success.
I doubt, however," said La Ramee, in sprightly allusion to the silence of his subordinate, "if he has said anything disagreeable to your highness.
He frisked about the meadow, now here, now there, making sprightly leaps, with as little effort as a bird expends in hopping from twig to twig.