- 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
- 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.
pp. & alt. pt. of spring
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.
- He sprung up and grabbed the cookies.
- He whirled at the all too familiar voice and sprung to his feet.
- Grass had sprung up from boulders she touched, and she'd felt truly a part of her world for once in her life.
- A large sugar-beet industry has also sprung up here in modern times.
- The Bryophyta and Pteridophyta have sprung from the higher Thallophyta, and together form the larger group Archegoniatae, so-called from the form of the organ (archegonium) in which the egg-cell is developed.