sprightly [adj] fun, vivacious active, agile, airy, alert, animate, animated, blithe, bouncy, breezy, bright, brisk, cheerful, cheery, chipper, chirpy, clever, dapper, dashing, energetic, fairylike, frolicsome, gay, good, grooving, hyper, jaunty, jolly, joyous, jumping, keen, keen-witted, light, lively, nimble, peppy, perky, playful, quick, quick-witted, saucy, scintillating, smart, snappy, spirited, sportive, spry, swinging, zappy*, zingy*, zippy*; concepts 401,404,542 —Ant. dull, inactive, lazy, lethargic

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sprightly — [sprīt′lē] adj. sprightlier, sprightliest [< spright, var. of SPRITE + LY1] full of energy and spirit; lively, brisk, etc. adv. sprightlier, sprightliest in a sprightly manner SYN. AGILE …   English World dictionary

  • sprightly — index alert (agile), jocular, resilient, volatile Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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

  • sprightly — *lively, animated, vivacious, gay Analogous words: *active, live, dynamic: *agile, nimble, brisk, spry: *merry, blithe, jocund …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sprightly — (also spritely) ► ADJECTIVE (sprightlier, sprightliest) ▪ (especially of an old person) lively; energetic. DERIVATIVES sprightliness noun. ORIGIN from spright, a rare variant of SPRITE(Cf. ↑sprite) …   English terms dictionary

  • sprightly — UK [ˈspraɪtlɪ] / US adjective Word forms sprightly : adjective sprightly comparative sprightlier superlative sprightliest a) a sprightly person is healthy and has a lot of energy b) used about things that are done with a lot of energy sprightly… …   English dictionary

  • sprightly — adjective (sprightlier; est) Etymology: obsolete spright (sprite), alteration of sprite Date: 1596 1. marked by a gay lightness and vivacity ; spirited < a sprightly musical > 2. having a distinctively piquant taste ; zesty …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sprightly — spright|ly [ spraıtli ] adjective a sprightly person is healthy and has a lot of energy a. used about things that are done with a lot of energy: sprightly enthusiasm …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sprightly — [[t]spra͟ɪtli[/t]] sprightlier, sprightliest ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A sprightly person, especially an old person, is lively and active. ...the sprightly 85 year old President. Syn: spry …   English dictionary

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