sprite, spright (n.) Old form(s): Sprights
spirit, ghost, supernatural being
CE II.ii.199[Dromio of Syracuse to himself] We talk with goblins, owls, and sprites
Luc.451[of Lucrece woken by Tarquin] [she] thinks she hath beheld some ghastly sprite
Mac II.iii.76[Macduff calling to Malcolm and Banquo, of the King's murder] As from your graves rise up and walk like sprites / To countenance this horror
TC III.ii.31[Pandarus to Troilus, of Cressida] She ... fetches her wind so short, as if she were frayed with a sprite
Tem I.ii.380[Ariel singing to Ferdinand] sweet sprites, the burden bear
Tem II.ii.114[Caliban to himself, of Stephano and Trinculo] These be fine things, an if they be not sprites
WT II.i.26.1[Mamillius to all, of a story] I have one / Of sprites and goblins
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