springald

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Apparently from spring, with an uncertain final element.

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springald (plural springalds)

  1. (now rare, archaic) A youth; a young man, a stripling.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.10:
      There came two Springals of full tender yeares, / Farre thence from forrein land where they did dwell […].
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      this same springald, who conceals his name, and despises our proffered hospitality, hath already gained one prize, and may now afford to let others have their turn.