American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lively, active, and brisk; vigorous.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Active, as in leaping or running; nimble; vigorous; lively.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. U.S. & Local Eng. Having great power of leaping or running; nimble; active.
- adj. moving quickly and lightly
- From British dialectal sprey, from Old Norse sprækr ("nimble, lively") from Proto-Germanic *sprēkiz (“lively”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pereg- (“to strew, jerk, sprinkle, scatter”). Cognate with Icelandic sprækur ("lively, spry"), Swedish dialectal sprygg ("brisk, very active, skittish"). More at spark. Related to sprack, sprig, sprug, freckle. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialectal sprygg, brisk. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I say, mam, ef you comes so late you can't have no vittles, – 'cause I'm 'bleeged fer ter git things ready fer de doctors' mazin 'spry arter you nusses and folks is done.”
“Dan Hart, the man in charge of the group, is described as a spry”
“Oh lord, Lance, is this the cut off for geezer? am I going to have to start calling myself "spry" now?”
“Oh lord – next he's going to start bragging about how "spry" he is”
“If Senator McCain is so sensitive about his age then why are he and his surrogates constantly telling us how "spry" and "energetic" he is.”
“Also ... why is it you only hear really really old people described as "spry"?”
“I've been called "spry," because I've been willing to wage budget fights and otherwise shake up politics as usual in my state's capital city.”
“For though this veteran more than doubled the years of the boy ranchers, he was almost as "spry" as any of them.”
“Oh, my back, and oh, my bones!" murmured Aunt Alvirah Boggs, who was not long out of a sick bed herself and would never again be as "spry" as she once had been.”
“The latter, at a wooding station, thinking that the man was not sufficiently "spry," administered a palthogue, which not meeting the approbation of the Mejicano, that worthy immediately drew his knife and challenged the aggressor.”
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