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sprite

also spright  (sprīt)
n.
1. A small or elusive supernatural being; an elf or pixie.
2. An elflike person.
3. Meteorology A large, dim, red flash that appears above active thunderstorms in conjunction with lightning.
4. Archaic A spirit, specter, or ghost.

[Middle English spreit, from Old French esprit, from Latin spīritus; see spirit.]

sprite

(spraɪt)
n
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) (in folklore) a nimble elflike creature, esp one associated with water
2. a small dainty person
3. (Games, other than specified) an icon in a computer game which can be manoeuvred around the screen by means of a joystick, etc
[C13: from Old French esprit, from Latin spīritus spirit1]

sprite

(spraɪt)

n.
an elf, fairy, or goblin.
[1250–1300; Middle English sprit < Old French esprit < Latin spīritus spirit]

sprite

A name sometimes used for an elemental.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sprite - a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powerssprite - a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers
spiritual being, supernatural being - an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events
elf, gremlin, imp, pixie, pixy, hob, brownie - (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
fairy godmother - a female character in some fairy stories who has magical powers and can bring unexpected good fortune to the hero or heroine
gnome, dwarf - a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure
Morgan le Fay - (Arthurian legend) a wicked enchantress who was the half sister and enemy of King Arthur
Puck, Robin Goodfellow - a mischievous sprite of English folklore
Oberson - (Middle Ages) the king of the fairies and husband of Titania in medieval folklore
Titania - (Middle Ages) the queen of the fairies in medieval folklore
tooth fairy - a fairy that is said to leave money at night under a child's pillow to compensate for a baby tooth falling out
water spirit, water sprite, water nymph - a fairy that inhabits water

sprite

noun spirit, fairy, elf, nymph, brownie, pixie, apparition, imp, goblin, leprechaun, peri, dryad, naiad, sylph, Oceanid (Greek myth) a scampering puckish sprite
Translations
جِنِّي، عِفْريت
víla
alffe
álfur
elfafejagariņš
víla

sprite

[spraɪt] Nelfo m, duende m

sprite

[ˈspraɪt] nlutin m

sprite

nElf m, → Elfe f; → Kobold m (also Comput: icon); water/wood spriteWasser-/Waldgeist m

sprite

[spraɪt] nelfo, folletto

sprite

(sprait) noun
an elf or fairy. a water-sprite.
References in classic literature ?
Hither, hither, from thy home, Airy sprite, I bid thee come
They were a species of tutelary sprite, or Banshee; although winged and feathered differently from most other guardian angels.
She seemed rather an airy sprite, which, after playing its fantastic sports for a little while upon the cottage floor, would flit away with a mocking smile.
But as my little conductress, with her hair of gold and her frock of blue, danced before me round corners and pattered down passages, I had the view of a castle of romance inhabited by a rosy sprite, such a place as would somehow, for diversion of the young idea, take all color out of storybooks and fairytales.
But, then, that Dodo is a perfect sprite,--no amount of whipping can hurt him.
At mid-afternoon I was at my desk, trying to work, and this sprite had been making it impossible for half an hour.
If that will be YOUR married look, I, as a Christian, will soon give up the notion of consorting with a mere sprite or salamander.
advancing to me eagerly along the causeway seemed the very sprite of Alastor himself
It was an elfin birth--an elusive and delicate sprite that had to be nurtured into maturity.
It seemed unbelievable that such could be the case, and yet, too, it seemed almost equally unbelievable that this beautiful girl was the same disheveled, half naked, little sprite who skipped nimbly among the branches of the trees as they ran and played in the lazy, happy days of the past.
It would be the easiest folly in the world to fall in love with her: there is such a sweet babylike roundness about her face and figure; the delicate dark rings of hair lie so charmingly about her ears and neck; her great dark eyes with their long eye-lashes touch one so strangely, as if an imprisoned frisky sprite looked out of them.
This was rare, however, and the elfish freak was always short: sometimes when driven a little hard in the war of words--for her tongue did ample justice to the pith, the point, the delicacy of her native French, in which language she always attacked me--I used to turn upon her with my old decision, and arrest bodily the sprite that teased me.