Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for upspring in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
- (intransitive) To spring up, rise up, originate, come into being.
- (spring up): spring, spring up, sprout, arise, be born, come into existence; see also Thesaurus:come into being
From Middle English upspring, upspringe, from Old English upspring (“origin, birth, rising up, springing up”), equivalent to up- + spring. Cognate with Old Saxon upspring (“well; source; spring”), Middle Low German upspringen (“to spring up; grow”).
upspring (plural upsprings)
- (obsolete) An upstart.
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iv]:
- the swaggering upspring
- A spring or leap into the air.