Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The property of being sprightly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being sprightly; liveliness; life; briskness; vigor; activity; gayety; vivacity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being sprightly; liveliness; life; briskness; vigor; activity; gaiety; vivacity.
  • n. Synonyms Life, Liveliness, etc. See animation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. animation and energy in action or expression

Etymologies

sprightly +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But nature has liberally supplied them with a fund of wit and sprightliness, which is certainly no small inducement to those, who have only transient glimpses of their charms, to wish very earnestly for a removal of those impediments, that obstruct their more frequent presence.

    Sketches of the Fair Sex, in All Parts of the World

  • Many of her letters have been preserved, and show a sprightliness which is well borne out by her portrait, that of a charming old lady in a turban, with bright eyes and a humorous mouth.

    Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910

  • She was not without a certain kind of sprightliness that passed for intelligence; and she could by her adroitness of manoeuvre

    Autobiography of a female slave,

  • This little sally may be considered as a specimen of that playful sprightliness which is so much the characteristic of the french female.

    The Stranger in France or, a Tour from Devonshire to Paris Illustrated by Engravings in Aqua Tint of Sketches Taken on the Spot.

  • But he was very tentative, fastidiously so, letting Ruth set the pace of sprightliness and fancy, keeping up with her but never daring to go beyond her.

    Chapter 9

  • An omnivorous troubadour, he roves from Manchester libraries to Colombian villages to salvage musical traditions – with recordings that move from Berber beats to the raptures of a raga, from the thrilling stillness of an Armenian lament to the sprightliness of an Elizabethan galliard.

    In praise of … Jordi Savall | Editorial

  • I suddenly feel a new sprightliness, quite unexpec ...

    Jean's Knitting

  • I suddenly feel a new sprightliness, quite unexpected – as if I could see beyond the Games to the invigorating shores of September.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • It's a wholly middle-age approach to a wardrobe -- if one stubbornly and inaccurately defines that transitional period in life as the beginning-of-the-end of sex appeal, effervescence and sprightliness.

    Elena Kagan goes on Supreme Court confirmation offensive in drab D.C. clothes

  • When I had shown up on his doorstep close to midnight the night before, reeling with disorientation, he had rushed downstairs to welcome me with the sprightliness of a woodland faun.

    Diary Of An American Woman In Yemen

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