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  • adjective superlative form of spry: most spry.


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  • But, until Jan. 20, Mr. Bush may be the spryest commander-in-chief in memory.

    Phil Bronstein: If the Shoe Flies: Why Flinging Footwear is the Perfect Solution 2009

  • Now there's Eric; that chap used to be a hustler and the spryest dancer in all this section -- called all the dances.

    A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays Willa Sibert Cather 1910

  • The hang-dog-appearing chap was the spryest man on the launch.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise Burt L. Standish 1905

  • "He's certainly the spryest peg-legger I ever saw," commented Hiram, admiringly, as the treasure-hunter started away, his cow's-horn divining-rod in position.

    The Skipper and the Skipped Being the Shore Log of Cap'n Aaron Sproul Holman Day 1900

  • The small boy entered into the conversation with great spirit, to tell that a certain hen which he owned had yesterday come off her nest with fourteen of the spryest deedies that ever stepped.

    Down the Ravine Mary Noailles Murfree 1886

  • "Ye see," he continued, "one day when his uncle Tim war over hyar ter the tanyard, I gin him one o 'my game deedies; an' ez soon ez he got home he showed 'em all that thar deedie -- powerful, spryest poultry ye ever see!"

    Down the Ravine Mary Noailles Murfree 1886

  • Many miles and hours lay between them and the spryest posse that could follow.

    Whirligigs O. Henry 1886

  • 'Stop you here, sir,' he said; 'Bill's off, and he's the youngest and spryest,' and sure enough there was Williams already within a few yards of Mr. Vane.

    The Rectory Children Mrs. Molesworth 1880

  • "That little one is the spryest child I ever saw," said the man with the court-plaster, as Flyaway hovered about the candy-jars, like a butterfly over a flower-bed.

    Dotty Dimple's Flyaway Sophie May 1869

  • "I don't remember what she had on; but she was the spryest, prettiest little girl in town; and she hasn't a child -- no, nor a grandchild either -- that begins to be equal to her."

    Little Grandmother Sophie May 1869


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