Definition of sprightly in English:

sprightly

(also spritely)

adjective

  • (especially of an old person) lively; full of energy.

    ‘she was quite sprightly for her age’
    • ‘Tom seems very well, spritely I think the word is.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘He looked as lively and sprightly as ever despite now being in his mid forties.’
    • ‘A sprightly woman wrings her hands as if flirtatiously sizing up a fellow resident at the nursing home.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His lover, Mercedes, is a sprightly dancer who would have benefited from a brighter costume.’
    • ‘Felicity, ‘a spunky, spritely girl growing up in Virginia in 1774,’ visits a local plantation where there are clearly slaves; the issue never arises.’
    • ‘Sergio Martino is spritely and lively in his discussion of this early project.’
    • ‘There was an amusing final theatrical flourish from the Conservative candidate, John Taylor, a sprightly 63-year-old.’
    • ‘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.’
    lively, spry, energetic, active, full of life, full of energy, vigorous, spirited, animated, vivacious, playful, jaunty, perky, frisky, agile, nimble
    chipper, sparkly, zippy, zappy, full of vim and vigour, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, full of beans
    peppy, peart
    wick
    frolicsome, sportive, as lively as a grig, as merry as a grig
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Origin

Late 16th century: from spright (rare variant of sprite) + -ly.

Pronunciation

sprightly

/ˈsprītlē/