Word of the Day 


sprightly \SPRYTE-lee\  adjective1 : marked by a cheerful lightnessand vivacity (as of movement or manner: spirited 2 : having a distinctively piquant taste 

Examples:
Uncle Jack, a sprightly man nearing90, was an avid storyteller, and we all listened with rapt attention as he regaled us with his newest tale

“The somberpensive orchestralprelude to Act III was magnificent…. And Mr. Levine actually seemed to gain energy during the long finalscene in the meadowwith the sprightly country dances and celebratory marches.” — AnthonyTommasiniNew York TimesDecember 3, 2014

Did you know?
Sprightly comes from spright, an archaic version of the word we now use for an elf or fairyspriteArielfrom Shakespeare‘s The Tempestand the leprechaun of Irishmythology are often referred to as sprites, and it’s no coincidence thatboth are characterized by their lightflitting movements and mannerismsSprite derives via Middle English and Old French from the Latin spirituswhich of course gives us spirit as well. A similar-looking adjective thatcan describe someone who is nimbleand energetic is spry, but that word is believed to be of Scandinavian origin.

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