- An example of sprung is a scared cat suddenly having jumped into the air; he sprung into the air.
- An example of sprung is for a friend to have paid for the cost of another friend's lunch; he sprung for lunch.
Sprung is defined as having moved or jumped quickly, or to pay the cost for something.
- having the springs broken, overstretched, or loose
- having the parts warped, bent, etc. so that they no longer fit together properly
- provided with or mounted on springs
A past tense and the past participle of spring.
(comparative more sprung, superlative most sprung)
- (slang, African American Vernacular) Utterly infatuated with someone; completely taken over by romantic interest.
- The adjective sprung, unlike (say) infatuated, does not normally take a complement; a person may be infatuated with someone, but is simply sprung. As with crazy or gaga, the target of the emotion is normally indicated by surrounding context; this is seen in the 1992 and 2003 quotations above. However, while relatively uncommon, it is possible for sprung to take a complement, construed with a preposition such as over (much like gaga); this is seen in the 2005 quotation above.
Variant of spring
intransitive verbsprang or sprung, sprung, springing
- to move suddenly and rapidly; specif.,
- to move upward or forward from the ground, etc. by suddenly contracting the muscles; leap; bound; also, to make a series of such leaps
- to rise suddenly and quickly from or as from a sitting or lying position: to spring to one's feet
- to come, appear, etc. suddenly and quickly: curses springing to his lips
- to move as a result of resilience; bounce
- to come or arise as from some source; specif.,
- to grow or develop: the plant springs from a seed
- to come into existence, usually quickly: towns sprang up
- to be descended
- Archaic to begin to appear, as day; dawn
- to become warped, bent, split, loose, etc.: the door has sprung
- to rise up above surrounding objects; tower: a steeple springing high above the town
- ☆ Informal to bear the cost for someone else; treat (with for)
- Archit. to rise from the impost with an outward curve
Origin of springMiddle English springen ; from Old English springan, akin to Dutch and amp; German springen ; from Indo-European an unverified form sprenĝh-, to move quickly (; from base an unverified form sper-, to jerk) from source Sanskrit spṛhayati, (he) strives for
- to cause to leap or come forth suddenly: to spring a covey of quail
- Rare to leap over; vault
- to cause to close or snap shut, as by a spring: to spring a trap
- to cause to warp, bend, strain, split, etc., as by force
- to stretch (a spring, etc.) beyond the point where it will spring back fully
- to explode (a military mine)
- to make known or cause to appear suddenly or unexpectedly: to spring a surprise
Origin of spring< springthe , sense to equip with springs
- ☆ Slang to get (someone) released from jail or custody, as by paying bail
- the act or an instance of springing; specif.,
- a jump or leap forward or upward, or the distance covered by this
- a sudden darting or flying back
- the quality of elasticity; resilience
- energy or vigor, as in one's walk
- a device, as a coil of wire, that returns to its original form after being forced out of shape: springs are used to absorb shock, and as the motive power in clocks and similar mechanisms
- a bedspring or box spring: usually used in pl.
- a flow of water from the ground, often a source of a stream, pond, etc.
- any source, origin, or motive
- that season of the year in which plants begin to grow after lying dormant all winter: in the North Temperate Zone, generally regarded as including the months of March, April, and May: in the astronomical year, that period between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice
- any period of beginning or newness
- Scot. a lively song or dance
- Archit. the line or plane in which an arch or vault rises from its impost
- Naut. a split or break in a mast or spar
Origin of springME & OE springe
- of, for, appearing in, or planted in the spring
- of or acting like a spring; elastic; resilient
- having, or supported on, a spring or springs: a spring mattress
- coming from a spring: spring water
spring a leak
☆ to begin to leak suddenly