[ sprint ]
/ sprɪnt /

verb (used without object)

to race or move at full speed, especially for a short distance, as in running, rowing, etc.

verb (used with object)

to traverse in sprinting: to sprint a half mile.


a short race at full speed.
a burst of speed at any point during a long race, as near the finish line.
a brief spell of great activity.

Origin of sprint

1560–70; perhaps continuing Old English *sprintan (compare gesprintan to emit); cognate with Old Norse spretta, Old High German sprinzan to jump up

Related forms

sprint·er, nounout·sprint, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for outsprint (1 of 2)


/ (ˌaʊtˈsprɪnt) /

verb (tr)

to run faster than (someone)

British Dictionary definitions for outsprint (2 of 2)


/ (sprɪnt) /


athletics a short race run at top speed, such as the 100 metres
a fast finishing speed at the end of a longer race, as in running or cycling, etc
any quick run

verb (intr)

to go at top speed, as in running, cycling, etc

Derived Forms

sprinter, noun

Word Origin for sprint

C16: from Scandinavian; related to Old English gesprintan to emit, Old Norse spretta to jump up, Old High German sprinzan to jump up, Swedish sprata to kick
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