American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Full of life; sprightly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of spirit; sprightly; brisk; animated; gay.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Full of spirit or of life; spirited; earnest; vivacious; lively; brisk; nimble; gay.
“His poetic effusions were homely and graphic, both in their sprightful humour and more tender sentiment.”
“_Staple of News, Devil's an Ass_, and the rest, if they be not so sprightful and vigorous as his first pieces, all that are old will, and all that desire to be old, should excuse him therein; and therefore let the Name of _Ben Johnson_ sheild them against whoever shall think fit to be severe in censure against them.”
“_Agility_ and _Nimbleness_; this renders the Limbs flexible and mettlesom, and adapts them for the most Vigorous Enterprize: It makes the languid and slothful, _brisk_ and _sprightful_; and rejects”
“The sheep person helped her off; and they stood throwing each other sentences all sprightful and sagacious for a while.”
“The women of Israel were sprightful and lively, unlike the Egyptians.”
“Thus half a dozen pounds of this sprightful bread will sustain a man for as many months, provided he husband it well, and always spare it when he meets with venison, which, as I said before, may be very safely eaten without any bread at all.”
The Westover Manuscripts: Containing the History of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina; A Journey to the Land of Eden, A. D. 1733; and A Progress to the Mines. Written from 1728 to 1736, and Now First Published
“When a man shall be just about to quit the stage of this world, to put off his mortality, and to deliver up his last accounts to God; at which sad time, his memory shall serve him for little else, but to terrify him with a sprightful review of his past life, and his former extravagances stripped of all their pleasure, but retaining their guilt.”
“As for his other Comedies, Staple of News, Devil's an Ass, and the rest, if they be not so sprightful and vigorous as his first pieces, all that are old will, and all that desire to be old, should excuse him therein; and therefore let the Name of Ben Johnson sheild them against whoever shall think fit to be severe in censure against them.”
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