Definitions

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  • n. A youth; a young man, a stripling.

Etymologies

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Apparently from spring, with an uncertain final element.

Examples

  • Piercie; “I would advise you that such no more maketh a shooter, than doth one swallow make a summer — I have seen this springald of whom you speak, and if his hand can send forth his shafts as boldly as his tongue doth utter presumptuous speeches, I will own him as good an archer as Robin Hood.”

    The Monastery

  • This mighty horseman was carried by his steed as lightly as the young springald by his Andalusian hackney.

    Novels by Eminent Hands

  • “Then,” said Wolfgang, “I must try myself: a plague on you, young springald, you have lost a noble chance!”

    A Legend of the Rhine

  • “And now, my young springald,” said the king to Lord

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • "Aye, truly, Martin, some young springald that hath risen among 'em since my time, a bloody rogue by account and one I would fain come alongside of --"

    Martin Conisby's Vengeance

  • 'Then advance the springald to some post away from you,' the Lady Cicely said.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned

  • 'Art too patient with the springald,' the King said.

    Privy Seal His Last Venture

  • The heroine's small brother, with playful archaicism called "a springald," puts on her skirts and things and passes himself off for his sister or anybody else he pleases.

    Ponkapog Papers.

  • Their jokes and flatteries were not of the most seemly, but she had not been bred to seemliness and modesty, and was no more ignorant than if she had been in sooth some gay young springald of a lad.

    A Lady of Quality

  • 'It is as well, perhaps,' said Saxon, 'that we gave them the slip, for that young springald might have smelled a rat and played us some ill-turn.

    Micah Clarke His Statement as made to his three grandchildren Joseph, Gervas and Reuben During the Hard Winter of 1734

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