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(especially of an old person) lively; full of energy:‘she was quite sprightly for her age’
lively, spry, energetic, active, full of life, full of energy, vigorous, spirited, animated, vivacious, playful, jaunty, perky, frisky, agile, nimblechipper, sparkly, zippy, zappy, full of vim and vigour, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, full of beanspeppy, peartwickfrolicsome, sportive, as lively as a grig, as merry as a grigView synonyms
- ‘Tom seems very well, spritely I think the word is.’
- ‘This is not about becoming spritely, so much as a little celestial.’
- ‘When Lucy, a sprightly waitress with a song on her lips and in her heart, meets Adam, she gives up her ‘man-izing’ ways and wants to settle down.’
- ‘Felicity, ‘a spunky, spritely girl growing up in Virginia in 1774,’ visits a local plantation where there are clearly slaves; the issue never arises.’
- ‘He looked as lively and sprightly as ever despite now being in his mid forties.’
- ‘Brian followed and greeted Michelle quietly while smiling at his spritely sister.’
- ‘The spritely 27-year-old was swept in as a last-minute understudy for the part when Clairemarie Osta came down with double tendinitis.’
- ‘His lover, Mercedes, is a sprightly dancer who would have benefited from a brighter costume.’
- ‘A sprightly woman wrings her hands as if flirtatiously sizing up a fellow resident at the nursing home.’
- ‘Sergio Martino is spritely and lively in his discussion of this early project.’
- ‘‘We say that the day you don't think about falling, you will fall,’ says Corinne Pierre, a sprightly French-Canadian acrobat.’
- ‘He is at ease with his age - a sprightly 64.’
- ‘There was an amusing final theatrical flourish from the Conservative candidate, John Taylor, a sprightly 63-year-old.’
- ‘She was small and spritely with light hair and laughing hazel eyes, in contrast to Agathe who was tall, dark and solemn, although very graceful and beautiful.’
Late 16th century: from spright (rare variant of sprite)+ -ly.
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