A vibrant and active 70-year-old who is out playing golf and tennis every day is an example of someone who would be described as spry.
Origin of spry
- Perhaps of Scandinavian origin Swedish dialectal sprygg brisk
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From British dialectal sprey, from Old Norse sprÃ¦kr (“nimble, lively") from Proto-Germanic *sprÄ“kiz (“lively"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pereg- (“to strew, jerk, sprinkle, scatter"). Cognate with Icelandic sprÃ¦kur (“lively, spry"), Swedish dialectal sprygg (“brisk, very active, skittish"). More at spark. Related to sprack, sprig, sprug, freckle.