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sprite definition


This page has 10 definitions of sprite in English and Finnish. Sprite is a noun. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: Sprite

English sprite definition

Alternative forms


From Middle English sprite, spryt, spreyte, from Old French esprit (spirit), from Latin spiritus. Doublet of spirit.

(computer graphics): First used by Danny Hillis at Texas Instruments in the late 1970s.



sprite (plural sprites)

  1. (mythology) A spirit; a soul; a shade.
    • 1803, William Blake, Auguries of Innocence.
      He who torments the chafer's sprite
      Weaves a bower in endless night.
  2. An apparition; ghost
  3. (mythology) An elf; a fairy; a goblin.
  4. (computer graphics) A two-dimensional image or animation that is integrated into a larger scene.
  5. An electrical discharge that occurs high above the cumulonimbus cloud of an active thunderstorm.
  6. The green woodpecker, or yaffle.
  7. (entomology) Any of various African damselflies of the genus Pseudagrion (of which, Australian species are named riverdamsels).
  8. A spayed female ferret.
  9. (obsolete) Alternative form of spright (frame of mind, disposition)


  • (supernatural creature): See goblin (hostile)

Related terms


  • Japanese: スプライト (supuraito)


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Finnish sprite definition


From English sprite.


  • IPA(key): /ˈsprite/, [ˈs̠prit̪e̞]
  • IPA(key): /ˈsprɑi̯tːi/, [ˈs̠prɑi̯t̪ːi] (approximating English pronunciation; inflects like risti)
  • Rhymes: -ite
  • Syllabification: spri‧te



  1. (computer graphics) sprite


Inflection of sprite (Kotus type 8/nalle, no gradation)
nominative sprite spritet
genitive spriten spritejen
partitive spriteä spritejä
illative spriteen spriteihin
singular plural
nominative sprite spritet
accusative nom. sprite spritet
gen. spriten
genitive spriten spritejen
partitive spriteä spritejä
inessive spritessä spriteissä
elative spritestä spriteistä
illative spriteen spriteihin
adessive spritellä spriteillä
ablative spriteltä spriteiltä
allative spritelle spriteille
essive spritenä spriteinä
translative spriteksi spriteiksi
instructive spritein
abessive spritettä spriteittä
comitative spriteineen
Possessive forms of sprite (type nalle)
possessor singular plural
1st person spriteni spritemme
2nd person spritesi spritenne
3rd person spritensä