- a snare for catching small game.
- to catch in a springe.
- to set a springe or springes.
Origin of springe
1200–50; Middle English, variant of sprenge a snare, literally, something that is made to spring, derivative of sprengen to make spring, Old English sprengan, causative of springan to spring
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Examples from the Web for springed
They had wintered it and springed it, and clung to it through bright days and dark.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
You have springed your dottrel, I find, and what is the consequence?Red Gauntlet
Sir Walter Scott
It was finally concluded by a commission being sent to set out what ought to be springed.The Vale of Lyvennet
John Salkeld Bland
- a snare set to catch small wild animals or birds and consisting of a loop attached to a bent twig or branch under tension
- (intr) to set such a snare
- (tr) to catch (small wild animals or birds) with such a snare
C13: related to Old English springan to spring
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