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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
spry
adjective
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a spry silver-haired grandmother
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A grey squirrel, spry after its winter sleep, startled Ben by scampering across his path.
▪ Anne Enright is a very original writer-a spry surrealist who challenges the world with extraordinary, lancing sentences.
▪ Mum is still spry and energetic - and she's 91.
▪ Out of doors Shaw continued to look spry and active well into his eighties.
▪ Some of your team should be spry, others should be massive.
▪ Though apparently quite spry, the old men's memories are not what they once were.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Spry

Spry \Spry\ (spr[imac]), a. [Compar. Sprier or Spryer (-[~e]r); superl. Spriest or Spryest.] [Cf. dial. Sw. sprygg lively, skittish, and E. sprag.] Having great power of leaping or running; nimble; active.

She is as spry as a cricket.
--S. Judd (Margaret).

If I'm not so large as you, You are not so small as I, And not half so spry.
--Emerson.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
spry

1746, "active, nimble, vigorous, lively," dialectal, perhaps a shortening and alteration of sprightly [Barnhart], or from a Scandinavian source (compare Old Norse sprækr, dialectal Swedish sprygg "brisk, active"), from Proto-Germanic *sprek-, from PIE root *(s)preg- (2) "to jerk, scatter" (see sparse).

Wiktionary
spry

a. Having great power of leaping or running; nimble; active.

WordNet
spry
  1. adj. moving quickly and lightly; "sleek and agile as a gymnast"; "as nimble as a deer"; "nimble fingers"; "quick of foot"; "the old dog was so spry it was halfway up the stairs before we could stop it" [syn: agile, nimble, quick]

  2. [also: spriest, sprier]

Gazetteer
Spry, PA -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Pennsylvania
Population (2000): 4903
Housing Units (2000): 2204
Land area (2000): 2.576827 sq. miles (6.673952 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 2.576827 sq. miles (6.673952 sq. km)
FIPS code: 73528
Located within: Pennsylvania (PA), FIPS 42
Location: 39.912566 N, 76.687216 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Headwords:
Spry, PA
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Wikipedia
Spry

Spry may refer to:

  • Spry, Pennsylvania
  • Spry (surname), people with the surname Spry
  • Spry Vegetable Shortening
  • Spry, Inc., creator of Internet in a Box, one of the first commercial software packages for connecting to the Internet.
  • Spry framework, an open-source AJAX framework (web development)
Spry (surname)

Spry is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Sir Charles Spry (1910–1994), director-general of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
  • Constance Spry (1886–1960, née Fletcher), British educator, florist and author
  • Major-General Daniel Spry (1913–1989), Canadian commander of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division
  • Eunice Spry (born 1944), British criminal
  • Graham Spry (1900–1983), Canadian broadcaster
  • Irene Spry (1907–1998), Canadian economic historian
  • John Spry (1690–1763), Archdeacon of Berkshire
  • Judith Spry, (born 1942, later Judith Moriarty), American politician, Missouri Secretary of State
  • Sir Richard Spry (1715–1775), Admiral of the Royal Navy
  • Robin Spry (1939–2005), Canadian filmmaker and television producer
  • William Spry (1864–1929), American politician, Governor of Utah
  • Lieutenant-General William Spry, British army officer
  • longest serving long distance lorry driver in Northern Ireland Dean Spry

Usage examples of "spry".

This Miss Spry was the chairman of the ration board, and it seems like she and this Miss Pitkin was in the same business.

Mother Madison was still at Montpelier, and she was still spry, erect, mentally keen at nearly ninety.

Marshall was younger and sprier, but the journey had taken its toll on him, too.

He knew he was tougher than he lookedyes, and a lot sprier than he let onbut he was no match for a street-gang.

Moonshine was as old as her litter mate Nutmeg but much sprier in her dotage, despite countless litters.

He had long ago forfeited his mouser duties to the younger and sprier Miss Minx, who, as usual, was nowhere to be seen.

Then he helped his father into the boat, though the older man was probably sprier than he was.

Major Marshall was younger and sprier, but the journey had taken its toll on him, too.

A sulfurous smell burned the nostrils of both men, and then a faint hum sounded as a short, spry, almost elflike wizard appeared in the room, his yellow-gold cape billowing with the last puffs of smoke.

Medusa last time, Athene put her back together again, with a difference: nowadays she turns stone to flesh instead of vice-versa: makes old folks spry again.

He was spry enough, though, and interested in taking on the job of guiding Maidia to Choteau in return for the spare horse.

She was as spry as they came, white-haired, with a hospitable smile, angelic facial features, and twenty pounds on the plump side.

And last, if you should chance to reach equal my years You must find you a new kind of trade For the plea that you're still spry will fall on deaf ears There's no work for old swords, I'm afraid.

All hands apart from the spry and cheerful Jagiello looked somewhat bleary, but none so bleary as a glum middle-aged man in a sheepskin cap with books under his arm, who was pointed out to Stephen as the Minnie's first mate.

Her step was spry as I followed her along a footworn path to the barn, where she disappeared for a moment, then reappeared, herding a large brown-and-white cow into a small pasture, carefully setting in the fence bar to keep the animal out of the corn.