Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small or elusive supernatural being; an elf or pixie.
  • noun An elflike person.
  • noun Meteorology A large, dim, red flash that appears above active thunderstorms in conjunction with lightning.
  • noun Archaic A spirit, specter, or ghost.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To haunt, as a sprite.
  • noun The green woodpecker, Gecinus viridis. Also wood-spite, wood-spack. See cut under popinjay.
  • noun The breath; the vital principle; the spirit.
  • noun A disembodied soul; a ghost; a shade.
  • noun An elf; a fairy; a goblin.
  • noun The faculty of thought and feeling; the wit; the mind.
  • noun Frame of mind; mood; humor; spirits: sometimes in the plural.
  • noun A beach-crab, especially Ocypoda arenaria.
  • noun A short arrow intended to be fired from a musket.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A spirit; a soul; a shade; also, an apparition. See spright.
  • noun An elf; a fairy; a goblin.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The green woodpecker, or yaffle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun mythology A spirit; a soul; a shade; also, an apparition.
  • noun mythology An elf; a fairy; a goblin.
  • noun The green woodpecker, or yaffle.
  • noun computer graphics A two-dimensional image or animation that is integrated into a larger scene.

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

  • noun a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English spreit, from Old French esprit, from Latin spīritus; see spirit.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French esprit (spirit).

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  • I love that sprite comes from spirit. What a cool word is sprite. For some reason, it makes me think of a refreshing, citrusy lemon-lime flavor... Can't imagine why...

    February 13, 2007

  • I make that same connection, strange... But only when in the context of a restaurant or grocery store.

    All the other times I hear it, I think of scrawny effeminate ballerinos in tights, leaping across a Midsummer Night's Dream stage. And then I have to wash my mind out with soap and rinse that crap away with some Dr Pepper.

    February 13, 2007

  • No, my ballerinos are tall and, um, sprightly. And they're clad in purple. Must be a manifestation of my suppressed homosexual tendencies or something. That, or I just think sprite is a pretty gay word. ;-)

    February 13, 2007

  • Is there a "gay words" list on this site? If so, how might a person go about finding it? Or convincing one's friend to start one?

    February 15, 2007

  • Found it! Search for the word questioning. kodaz is the only one who's listed it. It can be found on their queer words list. :)

    February 15, 2007

  • *clears throat*

    Yeeaaah...

    I sure could go for a nice tall glass of crisp, refreshing 7-Up right now.

    February 15, 2007

  • Thanks for finding that list, jennarenn! How did you do it? I thought about searching for specific, existing lists before starting one of my own, but never did figure out how to search for them. Maybe I should just take the time to rub a couple brain cells together...

    February 17, 2007

  • WHERE IS ALL THIS HOMOPHOBIA COMING FROM? I'm not gay, but I don't support this negative stereotyping of gays either! Look up words like hatred, fear & discrimination ladies & gentlemen.

    February 19, 2007

  • Sorry, I got sucked into this just as a challenge for finding related synonyms for gay. I've since deleted what I consider to be the potentially offensive words from my list. palooka's point is well taken.

    February 19, 2007

  • Thanks sionnach! On this thread it's gays, on the next it might be attacks on Blacks, Jews, Hispanics, or your or my ancestry. Thanks again!

    February 19, 2007