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.

Nearby words

  1. springald,
  2. springboard,
  3. springbok,
  4. springbuck,
  5. springdale,
  6. springer,
  7. springer spaniel,
  8. springfield,
  9. springfield rifle,
  10. springform pan

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

  • It was finally concluded by a commission being sent to set out what ought to be springed.

    The Vale of Lyvennet|John Salkeld Bland
  • You have springed your dottrel, I find, and what is the consequence?

    Red Gauntlet|Sir Walter Scott
  • They had wintered it and springed it, and clung to it through bright days and dark.

    Four Girls and a Compact|Annie Hamilton Donnell

British Dictionary definitions for springed



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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