offspring

noun off·spring \ ˈȯf-ˌspriŋ \

Definition of offspring

plural offspring also offsprings
1 a :the product of the reproductive processes of an animal or plant :young, progeny
  • The disease can be transmitted from parent to offspring.
b :child
  • a mother of numerous offspring
2 a :product, result
  • scholarly manuscripts—the labored offsprings of PhDs
  • —Donna Martin
  • the substitution of the typewriter and its offspring for the author's own hand
  • —Jacques Barzun
b :offshoot 1a

Examples of offspring in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of offspring

Middle English ofspring, from Old English, from of off + springan to spring


OFFSPRING Defined for English Language Learners

offspring

noun

Definition of offspring for English Language Learners

  • : a person's child

  • : the young of an animal or plant


OFFSPRING Defined for Kids

offspring

noun off·spring \ ˈȯf-ˌspriŋ \

Definition of offspring for Students

plural offspring also offsprings
:the young of a person, animal, or plant

Medical Dictionary

offspring

noun off·spring \ ˈȯf-ˌspriŋ \

medical Definition of offspring

plural offspring also offsprings
:the progeny of an animal or plant :young


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