from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A projection of land; an irregular, narrow, projecting part of a field.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Prov. Eng. An irregular, narrow, projecting part of a field.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete A long and narrow piece of land, resembling a tongue, especially a short peninsula


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Probably Norweigan



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  • (archaic) a piece of land surrounded by water on three sides

    April 30, 2007

  • Like a peninsula?

    May 1, 2007

  • Yes--only marshy, as I understand it.

    May 1, 2007

  • I live in a small village in Suffolk, and we have a Spong Lane on the outskirts. I have always wanted to know its origin and the definition here makes sense as a farm on the lane ends in a tapering arrowhead of land. It makes sense that if you cut land up into approximate squares and rectangles, you will eventually create a piece shaped like a spearhead, particularly if you come alongside an existing stream or track. Spong is the lane's old name, and some people round here think of it as a corruption of Sponge (there is a spring at one end of it, so it might have been wet); it spent some time as Jubilee Lane, after Queen Victoria's jubilee, but locals drifted back to the old title soon after.

    Natalie Lloyd-Evans

    March 15, 2011

  • Spong is my middle name! Thanks for helping me get the definition and other facts!

    October 11, 2015