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See also: Sprung and šprung



  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈspɹʌŋ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈspɹʌŋ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌŋ



  1. simple past tense and past participle of spring


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 (music), “Baby Got Back”, in Mack Daddy:
      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. (music), “Crazy In Love”, in Dangerously in Love:
      [] / ’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. (music), “Sprung”, in The Emancipation of Mimi, 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. (Australia, slang) Caught doing something illegal or against the rules.
    • 1979, Gabrielle Carey and Kathy Lette, Puberty Blues, page 46:
      `Sprung!' cried Jeff Basin, the local dubbo.
  3. (obsolete, nautical, of a spar) cracked or strained.
  4. (slang, dated) drunk.
  5. Fitted or cushioned with springs.
    a sprung mattress
    the sprung weight of a vehicle

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.



Derived terms[edit]



  • (drunk): 1873, John Camden Hotten, The Slang Dictionary

Middle English[edit]



  1. (Early Middle English, West Midlands) Alternative form of spryng

Old High German[edit]


Inherited from Proto-West Germanic *sprungi, from Proto-Germanic *sprungiz, related to *springaną. Compare Dutch sprong.


sprung m

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  • Middle High German: sprung


  1. Köbler, Gerhard, Althochdeutsches Wörterbuch, (6. Auflage) 2014