sprightly

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sprightly full of spirit and vitality "a sprightly young girl","a sprightly dance"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Sprightly Sprightlike, or spiritlike; lively; brisk; animated; vigorous; airy; gay; as, a sprightly youth; a sprightly air; a sprightly dance. "Sprightly wit and love inspires.""The sprightly Sylvia trips along the green."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sprightly Of or pertaining to a sprite or spirit; ghostly; spectral; incorporeal.
    • sprightly Full of spirit or vigor; brisk; lively; vivacious; animated; spirited; gay.
    • sprightly Synonyms See animation.
    • sprightly In a sprightly manner; with vigor, liveliness, or gaiety.
    • sprightly Having a lively, distinctive taste; not palling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sprightly airy: full of life: lively: brisk
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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
See Sprite
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Spright=sprite.

Usage

In literature:

The fruit of that marriage was a sprightly boy.
"The Pirates Own Book" by Charles Ellms
That quickned the dull spright with musicall comfort.
"Flowers and Flower-Gardens" by David Lester Richardson
Above all, and what delighted the Cardinal most, she had now a sprightly wit, and a quite brilliant gift of conversation.
"Love affairs of the Courts of Europe" by Thornton Hall
Then Benito, with his sprightly gossip, sent it rolling on.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
There was also the more piquant assurance that he was behaving in a very sprightly manner.
"The Regent" by E. Arnold Bennett
They are as sprightly and companionable as though they were many years younger.
"Laugh and Live" by Douglas Fairbanks
By a sprightly stream of thought, fed from a full spring of feeling, the current of words is kept lively and graceful.
"Essays Æsthetical" by George Calvert
Then, nearer the station, some sprightly caprice prompted Denry to raise his hat to two young women who were crossing the road in front of them.
"The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
I'd cut your sprightly young soul out.
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
Bob went on to Los Angeles with the sprightly Baker.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
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In poetry:

In truth, a violet fair.
Then came a youthful shepherdess,
And roam'd with sprightly joyousness,
And blithely woo'd
"The Violet" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
But why should we essay to sing
Her thousand sprightly graces?
She has the merriest of ways,
The prettiest of faces.
"Our Helen" by Effie Afton
Never yet did courtly maiden
Move so sprightly, look so fair;
Never breast with jewels laden
Pour a song so void of care.
"The Princess Elizabeth, when a prisoner at Woodstock, 1554" by William Shenstone
Choral songs and sprightly voices
Echo from her cell shall call;
Sweeter, sweeter than the murmur
Of the distant water fall.
"Verses Written In An Alcove" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
Pleasing Anguish! gentle Fires!
Tender Wishes! soft Desires!
Smiling Hope, and sprightly Joy,
All her blissful Hours employ.
"The Happy Maid: A Song" by Cornelius Arnold
My sprightly neighbour! gone before
To that unknown and silent shore,
Shall we not meet, as heretofore,
Some summer morning—
"Hester" by Charles Lamb

In news:

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.
Thus the back-page headline in last weekend's Irish Mail on Sunday above a typically sprightly piece by Joe Brolly.
'The Bridge Club' a sprightly and shaky crossing.
Cladding Aging Buildings in Sprightly New Outfits.
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.
The guy that used to be behind Passion Pit's sprightly synths is probably the last guy you'd expect to be leading a bratty, spiky power pop outfit.
Gray skies and sprightly winds launched the 80th annual Edgartown Yacht Club Regatta yesterday.
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