Sprightful

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Sprightful Full of spirit or of life; spirited; earnest; vivacious; lively; brisk; nimble; gay. "Spoke like a sprightful noble gentleman.""Steeds sprightful as the light."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sprightful Full of spirit; sprightly; brisk; animated; gay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sprightful (Shak.) full of spirit: brisk, gay
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Quotations

  • Pedro Calderon de la Barca
    Pedro Calderon de la Barca
    “These flowers, which were splendid and sprightly, waking in the dawn of the morning, in the evening will be a pitiful frivolity, sleeping in the cold night's arms.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Spright, sprite + full,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Spright=sprite.

Usage

In literature:

Then Daddy and Mother and sprightly friends may take it over.
"Love Conquers All" by Robert C. Benchley
Even the sprightly and penetrating, have, thro' this neglect, sunk down to the Rank of the dull and stupid.
"'Of Genius', in The Occasional Paper, and Preface to The Creation" by Aaron Hill
Oh, he's a gentleman by now, looking very sprightly, in spite of his seventy years.
"His Masterpiece" by Emile Zola
He was delightful, moreover, sprightly in manner and of keen intelligence.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
The conversation during breakfast was as sprightly, as full of fun and humor as such breakfasts usually are.
"The Station; The Party Fight And Funeral; The Lough Derg Pilgrim Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
May he soon be on the Retreat in the vivacious walls of that learned and sprightly seminary, Maynooth!
"Going To Maynooth Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
Perhaps I was a little more sprightly in those days than I am now.
"Austin and His Friends" by Frederic H. Balfour
She is less like a sprightly French widow, than a foolish English girl, who loves for the first time.
"The History of Emily Montague" by Frances Brooke
She nodded in her sprightly fashion, but her eyes were far away on the distant horizon, and her soul with them.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
The last day of the games was more splendid than the rest; and Calig'ula seemed more sprightly and condescending than usual.
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
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In poetry:

My sprightly neighbour! gone before
To that unknown and silent shore,
Shall we not meet, as heretofore,
Some summer morning—
"Hester" by Charles Lamb
Gay is thy morning; flattering hope
Thy sprightly step attends;
But soon the tempest howls behind,
And the dark night descends.
"The Complaint of Nature" by John Logan
A trusty gun and sword be
A sprightly horse and nabadi;
Can man desire for more when bred
A mountaineer, and brave, and free?…
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
Saw him tyne his manly spirit,
Healthy bloom, and sprightly ee;
And o' luve and hame grown wearit,
Nightly frae his family flee:
"Scotland's Scaith, Or, The History O' Will And Jean. Owre True A Tale. In Two Parts" by Hector MacNeill
But we, like vexed unquiet sprights,
Will still be hovering o'er the tomb,
Where buried lie our vain delights,
Nor sweetly take a sinner's doom.
"Sixteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
But had the nymph possessed with these
Thy softer, chaster power to please;
Thy beauteous air of sprightly youth,
Thy native smiles of artless truth;
"Verses On A Young Lady (playing harpsichord, and singing)" by Tobias Smollett

In news:

Sprightly peach, green tea and r.
In its first two decades, Lotus earned a sterling reputation in the racing world, one that was enhanced by sophisticated and sprightly road cars like the Elite, the Seven, the Elan and the Europa.
Symphony conductor Grant Llewellyn delivers engaging, sprightly concert.
The group has taken quite the opposite approach for most of its career, turning out colorful, sprightly indie pop that's more likely to go all in than hold back.
At the center, first page, of A. Alvarez's review of Bitter Fame you reprint a photograph of Plath as she looked in her final year at Smith, in conversation with a sprightly, middle-aged Marianne Moore.
'The Bridge Club' a sprightly and shaky crossing.
That piece of grilled fish and a sprightly salad, which were so appealing just a few weeks ago, taste like a penance when there's a nip in the air.
You've got to meet Beth, a sprightly will-o'-the-wisp who loves dogs and sunsets and who paints vivid oil canvases.
Spright is a onetime homeless dog who was recently elected mayor of Divide, Colo.
According to Regina Schrambling, who developed this recipe for Real Food, the chutney 's sprightly flavor and chunky texture play off the robust but delicately flavored meat.
Grant Hill joins an elite NBA club as he turns 40, and he remains sprightly enough to help the Clippers contend.
Adventures in Cartooning, Christmas Special, by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost, is the third in a series of sprightly books that encourage kids to go out and make cartoons of their own.
Those blooms are, of course, artificial, but the laughter generated in the Guthrie's sprightly production of Noel Coward 's classic is perfectly genuine.
It's a sprightly 400 years old.
Gray skies and sprightly winds launched the 80th annual Edgartown Yacht Club Regatta yesterday.
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