from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Preterit and past participle of spring.
  • noun Tipsy; drunk.

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

  • imp. & p. p. of spring.
  • adjective (Naut.) Said of a spar that has been cracked or strained.

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

  • verb Past participle of spring
  • verb Alternative form of sprang: simple past of spring.
  • adjective slang, African American Vernacular Utterly infatuated with someone; completely taken over by romantic interest.
  • adjective obsolete, nautical cracked or strained


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word sprung.


  • Billy and I were together one morning writing lyrics, and the title sprung out of a very long story I was recounting about the Bangles 'tour of Graceland.

    Shawn Amos: Eternal Flame: 10 Questions with Susanna Hoffs 2009

  • The title sprung from Lewis ( "I can pin that one on him," says Cleese), and the first meeting took place in Bryan Ferry's former house, which Cleese had just purchased with its Roxy interior decor intact.

    Gregory Weinkauf: Smile and Say "Cleese!" - How the Secret Policeman Mocks, Rocks and Shocks 2009

  • "The New York Times" on November 21st reported the term sprung from the Pentagon.

    CNN Transcript Jan 10, 2007 2007

  • She is an aborigine, sprung from the soil, yet close to the soil, and impossible to lift from the soil.


  • Perhaps something new and different, yet traditional, will spring from its roots, like Goodhue's Gothic sprung from the earlier work of Pugint, Scot and Bodley, or how Comper's unified eclecticism came from everything he saw, but we have to start somewhere, and there is still so much to learn, in terms of design and craftsmanship.

    The Dangers of Architectural Positivism 2009

  • I hope he feels sprung from a confining and broken system and produces work that reflects his newfound freedom.

    Matthew Yglesias » Benen on Matt Cooper 2009

  • It might have sprung from the soil just as the trees had.


  • North Sea waves, he saw the sharp-beaked fighting galleys, and the sea-flung Northmen, great-muscled, deep-chested, sprung from the elements, men of sword and sweep, marauders and scourgers of the warm south-lands!

    CHAPTER 14 2010

  • The concept of the honorable male protecting the helpless woman/child hides a root-truth that often the motivation sprung from the expectation of protecting the right of property.

    The problem of the Childlike Empress at SF Novelists 2010

  • Their interest sprung from the hope that in this ever-shrinking world, our diversity could be a source of strength, a cause for celebration; and that with sustained work and determination, we could learn to live and prosper together during the fleeting moment we share on this Earth.

    Sports 2010


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.