Spry definition

sprī
Having great power of leaping or running; nimble; active.
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Full of life; active, nimble, brisk, etc., esp. though elderly.
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The definition of spry is someone (especially an older person) who is lively, nimble and active.

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.

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Lively, active, and brisk; vigorous.
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An application framework from Adobe for building rich Internet applications using HTML. Spry takes the tedium out of writing AJAX code and also includes routines for creating animation effects and building widgets. For more information, visit http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/spry. See AJAX and RIA.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
spry
Comparative:
sprier
Superlative:
spriest

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 sprækr (“nimble, lively") from Proto-Germanic *sprÄ“kiz (“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.

    From Wiktionary