sprung

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

sprung

  1. past participle of spring
  2. Alternative form of sprang: simple past tense of spring

Adjective[edit]

sprung (comparative more sprung, superlative most sprung)

  1. (slang, African American Vernacular) Utterly infatuated with someone; completely taken over by romantic interest.
    • 1992, Sir Mix-a-Lot, “Baby Got Back” (song), in Mack Daddy (album): 
      I like big butts and I cannot lie. / You other brothers can’t deny / that when a girl walks in / with a itty bitty waist / and a round thing in your face you get sprung.
    • 2003, Beyoncé Knowles et al., “Crazy In Love” (song), in Dangerously in Love (album): 
      [] / ’Cause your love got the best of me, / And baby, you’re making a fool of me. / You got me sprung and I don’t care who sees, / ’Cause baby, you got me so crazy.
    • 2005, Mariah Carey et al., “Sprung” (song), in The Emancipation of Mimi (album), bonus track in some editions: 
      ’Cause I’m sprung over you / And ain’t nothin’ I can do / [] / Thoughts of you fill my head / []
  2. (obsolete, nautical, of a spar) cracked or strained

Usage notes[edit]

  • The adjective sprung, unlike (say) infatuated, does not normally take a complement; a person may be infatuated with someone, but is simply sprung. As with crazy or gaga, the target of the emotion is normally indicated by surrounding context; this is seen in the 1992 and 2003 quotations above. However, while relatively uncommon, it is possible for sprung to take a complement, construed with a preposition such as over (much like gaga); this is seen in the 2005 quotation above.