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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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.)

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English upspringen, from Old English uppspringan, ūpspringan, equivalent to up- +‎ spring.


upspring (third-person singular simple present upsprings, present participle upspringing, simple past upsprang or upsprung, past participle upsprung)

  1. (intransitive) To spring up, rise up, originate, come into being.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Tennyson to this entry?)
    • Charles Morris, Historical Tales
      Might not its waters upspring in this new land, whose discovery was the great marvel of the age, and which men looked upon as the unknown east of Asia?
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Etymology 2Edit

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)

  1. (obsolete) An upstart.
    • Shakespeare
      the swaggering upspring
  2. A spring or leap into the air.
  3. origin
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