spring·​er ˈspriŋ-ər How to pronounce springer (audio)
: a stone or other solid laid at the impost of an arch see arch illustration
: one that springs
: a cow nearly ready to calve

Examples of springer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many springer populations disappeared. National Geographic, 18 Nov. 2020 The springer was hooked by professional guide Todd Findlay of Warren and handed to McMahon, a good friend and longtime client. oregonlive, 11 Feb. 2023 Then comes the most dramatic moment: The 50-pound liver-and-white springer leaps from the brush as the rooster takes flight, cackling. Kyle Wintersteen, Field & Stream, 30 Jan. 2023 In May, thieves deployed hydraulic cutters to snap his locks, entered his dog kennels and stole three of his springer spaniels. Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2021 Once fired, the springer lurches forward, but then jerks backwards as the piston reaches the end of its forward travels and abruptly stops. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, 2 Mar. 2021 My dad had springers, as does my current pheasant hunting partner. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 23 Mar. 2020 Bill will be greeted by his beloved springers, Faith, and Rush. courant.com, 23 Oct. 2019 The spring kings of the Columbia (also called spring chinook, or simply springers) migrate hundreds of miles upstream without feeding, relying on heavy stores of fat to carry them through to the fall spawning. Corey Arnold, National Geographic, 27 Mar. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of springer was in the 15th century

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“Springer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/springer. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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