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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 :”[1], The Onion AV Club:
      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.