Definition of springbok in English:



  • 1A gazelle with a characteristic habit of leaping (pronking) when disturbed, forming large herds on plains in southern Africa.

    Antidorcas marsupialis, family Bovidae

    • ‘And it was attracting quite a lot of animals, like springboks.’
    • ‘Afterwards, I sit on my terrace and watch what may be kudus, springboks or oryxes amble to the water hole.’
    • ‘Young springbok leap across our path during a canter through light sand dotted with grassy tufts.’
    • ‘Here springbok leapt and Cape mountain zebra grazed even as herds of black wildebeest stared at us intently and then galloped away.’
    • ‘We have impalas and springboks here at the zoo.’
  • 2The South African international rugby union team.


Late 18th century: from Afrikaans, from Dutch springen ‘to spring’ + bok ‘antelope’.