Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[spring-bok] /ˈsprɪŋˌbɒk/
noun, plural springboks (especially collectively) springbok.
a gazelle, Antidorcas marsupialis, of southern Africa, noted for its habit of springing into the air when alarmed.
Origin of springbok
1765-75; < Afrikaans. See spring, buck1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for springbok
Historical Examples
  • It would have taken a springbok to have leaped out of it; and no quagga could possibly have cleared itself from such a pit.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • It is nearly thirty feet wide, but that is nothing to a springbok.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • I remember once being out hunting with a fellow who mistook a waggon for a springbok!

    The Settler and the Savage R.M. Ballantyne
  • We ourselves, however, preferred the more delicate meat of the springbok.

    Adventures in Africa W.H.G. Kingston
  • Once I dashed into a herd of trekking game so suddenly, that a springbok, unable to stop itself, leapt right over me.

    Marie H. Rider Haggard
  • The victims caught in these traps were chiefly eland, hartebeeste, and springbok.

    Basutoland Minnie Martin
  • The most graceful and elegant of all the antelopes are the gazelles, of which we may take the springbok as an example.

  • Some of these, no doubt, referred to the springbok speculation.

  • The springbok is separated from the rest of the Gazelles, to which genus it is clearly most nearly related, as a genus Antidorcas.

  • Your rifle must follow the springbok when he jumps, and you get him at the top of his leap.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
British Dictionary definitions for springbok


noun (pl) -bok, -boks, -buck, -bucks
an antelope, Antidorcas marsupialis, of semidesert regions of southern Africa, which moves in leaps exposing a patch of white erectile hairs on the rump that are usually covered by a fold of skin
Word Origin
C18: from Afrikaans, from Dutch springen to spring + bok goat, buck1


/ˈsprɪŋˌbʌk; -ˌbɒk/
a person who has represented South Africa at rugby union
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for springbok

1775, from Afrikaans, from spring "to leap" (from Middle Dutch springhen, see spring (v.)) + bok "antelope," from Middle Dutch boc (see buck (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for springbok

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for springbok

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for springbok