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- simple past tense and past participle of
- (slang, African-American Vernacular) Utterly infatuated with someone; completely taken over by romantic interest.
- (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.
- (obsolete, nautical, of a spar) cracked or strained.
- (slang, dated) drunk.
- Fitted or cushioned with springs.
- a sprung mattress
- the sprung weight of a vehicle
- 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.
- (infatuated): smitten, taken; see also Thesaurus:in love
- (caught doing something illegal): caught with a hand in the cookie jar, red-handed
- (cracked or strained): crazed, splintered; see also Thesaurus:broken
- (drunk): See Thesaurus:drunk
Utterly infatuated with someone
- (drunk): 1873, John Camden Hotten, The Slang Dictionary
- (Early Middle English, West Midlands) Alternative form of
Old High German
Declension of sprung (masculine a-stem)
- Köbler, Gerhard, Althochdeutsches Wörterbuch, (6. Auflage) 2014