Middle English Dictionary Entry

sprenten v.
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(a) Of a person, an animal: to leap, spring; also fig.; ~ oute; (b) of drops of water, sparks: to leap, fly; of blood: spurt; of blood, water, etc.: spatter (on sth.); ~ oute (abouten); ~ to sprotes, of a spear: shatter into splinters;(c) ?of a person's spitting: to splash (a speck on someone's face) [this quot. and quot. a1500 in (b) may belong to sprengen v. (a)];(d) ?in surname.