Definition of spry in English:



  • (especially of an old person) active; lively.

    ‘he continued to look spry and active well into his eighties’
    • ‘On through the forest I strolled, passing a group of spry elderly women with yellow bags and hemp sandals.’
    • ‘The Hay diet - actually more a way of eating than a diet in the accepted sense - is still having its praises sung by spry 95-year-olds with amazing skin.’
    • ‘My hostess is a spry 81-year-old sporting a perilous arrangement of blue-tinted hair which hints at her past as proprietor of a West End salon called Lilian's.’
    • ‘The spry, sparky gent returned to his native Istanbul after a stint in the mid-1990s as director of the Centre for Curatorial Studies Museum at Bard College.’
    • ‘Mrs Rendell, who has been a widow for 50 years, is still spry and active, despite a recent leg problem caused by a fall.’
    • ‘He'd even led me up a flight of stairs, singing a little ditty, seemingly spry and agile and as dapper as any day in his six decades as an entertainer.’
    • ‘He is aged 77 and looking very spry with it, I must say.’
    • ‘She is so spry, alert, and enthusiastic that it is difficult to imagine you are talking to a woman in her sixties.’
    • ‘James Henry Clark is pretty spry for a man whose caddie career began in the ‘Roaring Twenties’ and has spanned eight decades.’
    • ‘Flew is a spry 81, sitting in the living room of his Reading home proclaiming he is ‘willing and eager ‘to explain himself.’’
    • ‘A spry veteran in grey uniform emerged from the shadows, grabbed his rifle and we squeezed in together.’
    • ‘There are times when he seems like a spry elderly relative, animated by the prospect of telling old stories to a fresh audience.’
    • ‘At 52, Moore is still a spry, spunky performer giving all manner of well-rehearsed guitar hero poses.’
    • ‘A spry and quick-witted woman that, although in her mid-fifties, still didn't act a day over twenty-five, she had been, and always would be, the person that I truly looked up to the most.’
    • ‘Stooped but spry, he has the look of a mischievous garden gnome.’
    • ‘A small, spry woman of about sixty, she works as a home care nurse.’
    • ‘Amongst the cast is 84-year-old choreography legend Merce Cunningham - playing the part of Sate - living proof, if it were needed, that a lifetime in dance helps keep you spry.’
    • ‘These days, spry and tan at 76, he lives in Brussels, where he runs a committee that is drawing up a pan-European constitution, but he still likes to talk up the ancestral homeland.’
    • ‘We are in the Museum Gardens, and the spry 79-year-old is giving me the official guided tour of York.’
    • ‘A revealing interview with The Scientist, simply titled ‘Ernst Mayr, Darwin's Disciple,’ shows how spry he continues to be at age 99.’
    sprightly, lively, energetic, active, full of life, full of energy, vigorous, spirited, animated, vivacious, playful, jaunty, perky, frisky, agile, nimble
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Mid 18th century: of unknown origin.