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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.


spry ‎(comparative sprier, superlative spriest)

  1. Having great power of leaping or running; nimble; active.
    • 2012 April 26, Tasha Robinson, “Film: Reviews: The Pirates! Band Of Misfits :”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      What follows is a bunch of nonstop goofery involving chase sequences, dream sequences, fast-changing costumes and an improbable beard, a little musical help from Flight Of The Conchords, and ultimately a very physical confrontation with a surprisingly spry Victoria.