Definitions

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  • v. To make smart.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make smart.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make smart.
  • To dress neatly: generally with up.
  • n. The sparrow, Passer domesticus.

Etymologies

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Compare English dialect sprug up to dress neatly, sprag to prop, (adjective) lively.

Examples

  • ‘Aweel, ’ said the postilion, ‘it might be sae—I canna say against it, for I was not in the country at the time; but John Wilson was a blustering kind of chield, without the heart of a sprug.

    Chapter XI

  • 'Aweel,' said the postilion, 'it might be sae, I canna say against it, for I was not in the country at the time; but John Wilson was a blustering kind of chield, without the heart of a sprug.'

    Guy Mannering — Complete

  • a blustering kind of chield, without the heart of a sprug. '

    Guy Mannering, Or, the Astrologer — Complete

  • Wilson was a blustering kind of chield, without the heart of a sprug.’

    Guy Mannering

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