noun off·spring \ˈf-ˌspriŋ\

: a person's child

: the young of an animal or plant

plural offspring also offsprings

Full Definition of OFFSPRING

a :  the product of the reproductive processes of an animal or plant :  young, progeny
b :  child
a :  product, result <scholarly manuscripts—the labored offsprings of PhDs — Donna Martin>
b :  offshoot 1a

Examples of OFFSPRING

  1. The disease can be transmitted from parent to offspring.
  2. The show is about two couples and the adventures of their rebellious offspring.
  3. The colt is the offspring of two racing champions.


Middle English ofspring, from Old English, from of off + springan to spring
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate
OFFSPRING Defined for Kids


noun off·spring \ˈf-ˌspriŋ\
plural offspring also off·springs

Definition of OFFSPRING for Kids

:  the young of a person, animal, or plant
Medical Dictionary


noun off·spring \ˈf-ˌspriŋ\
plural offspring also offsprings

Medical Definition of OFFSPRING

:  the progeny of an animal or plant :  young


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