\ ˈsprat How to pronounce sprat (audio) \
plural sprats also sprat

Definition of sprat

1a : a small European marine fish (Sprattus sprattus) of the herring family

called also brisling

b : any of various small or young fish (such as an anchovy) related to or resembling the herrings
2 : a young, small, or insignificant person

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Synonyms & Antonyms for sprat


bairn [chiefly Scottish], bambino, bud, chap [Southern & Midland], chick, child, cub, juvenile, kid, kiddie (also kiddy), kiddo, moppet, sprout, squirt, whelp, youngling, youngster, youth


adult, grown-up

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Examples of sprat in a Sentence

planning to spend their vacation at a couples-only resort where they would not be bothered by snotty-nosed sprats

First Known Use of sprat

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sprat

alteration of Middle English sprot, from Old English sprott

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The first known use of sprat was in 1537

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English Language Learners Definition of sprat

: a small fish that is used for food

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