1601, verb attested 1622. Possibly borrowed from Middle French espraindre, from Latin exprimere, in which case cognate to express. Pronunciation
  • IPA: /spɹeɪn/

sprain (sprains, present participle spraining; past and past participle sprained)

  1. To weaken, as a joint, ligament, or muscle, by sudden and excessive exertion, as by wrenching; to overstrain, or stretch injuriously, but without luxation
    to sprain one's ankle
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sprain (plural sprains)

  1. The act or result of spraining; lameness caused by spraining
    a bad sprain of the wrist
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