a snare for catching small game.

verb (used with object), springed, spring·ing.

to catch in a springe.

verb (used without object), springed, spring·ing.

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 springe

Historical Examples of springe

  • And briefly he sketched for her the springe he was setting with the help of Mr. Newlington.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Be caught like a bird in a springe; everything intended to be hidden from me!

  • Thus had Amilcare been sold by his own purchase, and thus Grifone griped in his own springe.

    Little Novels of Italy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • The German Emperor was paying his annual visit to the moors at Springe.

  • You are now fairly trapped at last—caught like the woodcock in your own springe.


    William Harrison Ainsworth

British Dictionary definitions for springe



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

Word Origin for springe

C13: related to Old English springan to spring
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