Definitions

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  • adj. Of dapper attire.

Etymologies

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Originally of German extraction, to be fashionable, made popular during the reign of the King George iii of England 1780s.

Examples

  • Mr. Thorpe, in the 1st edition of his _Analecta_, says, "What is intended to be meant by this word [_sprote_], as well as by _salu_ [the correspondent word in the Latin], I am at a loss to conjecture."

    Notes and Queries, Number 13, January 26, 1850

  • The sense required appears to me to be, _quickly, swiftly, _ and this will, I think, be found to be the meaning of _sprote_.

    Notes and Queries, Number 13, January 26, 1850

  • "Aelas aud hacodas, mynas, aud aelputan, sceotan aud lampredan, aud swa hwylce swa on waetere swymath, _sprote_."

    Notes and Queries, Number 13, January 26, 1850

  • Can _saliu_ be a mistake for _salar_, and _sprote_ the Anglo-Saxon form of the corresponding modern word _sprod_, i.e. the salmon of the second year?

    Notes and Queries, Number 16, February 16, 1850

  • I do not think the point, and the Capital letter to _saliu_ in the Latin text, conclusive, as nothing of the kind occurs in the A. - S. version, where the reading is clearly, "_swa hwylce swa_, on watere swymmath sprote."

    Notes and Queries, Number 18, March 2, 1850

  • I must be excused, therefore, for still clinging to my own explanation of _sprote_, until something more _specious_ and _ingenious_ shall be advanced, but in full confidence, at the same time, that some future discovery will elucidate its truth.

    Notes and Queries, Number 18, March 2, 1850

  • His conjecture, that _sprote_ = Goth. _sprauto_, has something very specious about it, and yet I must reject it.

    Notes and Queries, Number 15, February 9, 1850

  • _mistake_; for it is quite evident that _sprote_ applies to fish-_swimming_ and not to fish-_catching_; and I presume that "useful and sagacious" auxiliary, Dr. Kitchener himself, would hardly have ventured to deny that _fish_ may _swim quickly_?

    Notes and Queries, Number 16, February 16, 1850

  • _plural_; and it is not to be supposed that there would be an exception in favour of _sprote_, whether intended for _sprat_ or _salmon_.

    Notes and Queries, Number 18, March 2, 1850

  • _sprote_ was a puzzle to me, and I had often questioned myself as to its meaning, but never could get a satisfactory answer; nor was it until some time after the publication of the 2nd edition of my _Analecta_ that it occurred to me that it might signify a wicker or _sallow_ basket (such as is still in use for the capture of eels), from Lat. _sporta_, whence the German

    Notes and Queries, Number 15, February 9, 1850

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