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- 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
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.
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.
She was not without a certain kind of sprightliness that passed for intelligence; and she could by her adroitness of manoeuvre
This little sally may be considered as a specimen of that playful sprightliness which is so much the characteristic of the french female.
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.
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.
I suddenly feel a new sprightliness, quite unexpec ...
I suddenly feel a new sprightliness, quite unexpected – as if I could see beyond the Games to the invigorating shores of September.
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.
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.
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