sprat

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noun \ˈsprat\

Definition of sprat

plural

sprats

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sprat

  1. 1a :  a small European marine fish (Sprattus sprattus) of the herring family —called also brislingb :  any of various small or young fish (such as an anchovy) related to or resembling the herrings

  2. 2 :  a young, small, or insignificant person

Examples of sprat in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of sprat

alteration of Middle English sprot, from Old English sprott

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SPRAT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of sprat for English Language Learners

  • : a small fish that is used for food



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