Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To spring up, as from the soil.
  • intransitive verb To come into being; arise.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A vertical spring; a leap in the air.
  • noun An upstart; one suddenly exalted.
  • To spring up; shoot up; rise.

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

  • intransitive verb To spring up.
  • noun obsolete An upstart.
  • noun rare A spring or leap into the air.

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

  • verb intransitive To spring up, rise up, originate.
  • verb intransitive To come into being.
  • noun obsolete An upstart.
  • noun A spring or leap into the air.
  • noun origin

Etymologies

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From Old English upspring ("origin, birth, rising up, springing up")

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  • Etymology - OE upspring - origin, birth, rising up

    September 15, 2011