\ ˈsprig \

Definition of sprig

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a small shoot : twig a sprig of parsley
b : a small division of grass used for propagation
2a : heir
b : youth
c : a small specimen
3 : an ornament resembling a sprig, stemmed flower, or leaf
4 : a small headless nail : brad


sprigged; sprigging

Definition of sprig (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to drive sprigs or brads into
2 : to mark or adorn with the representation of plant sprigs
3 : to propagate (a grass) by means of stolons or small divisions

Examples of sprig in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Add thyme sprigs, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 8 to 12 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Thyme-Roasted Turkey and Gravy," 23 Oct. 2018 Top with thyme sprigs, and roast on the top rack until tender and lightly browned, 35 to 45 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes or so. 2. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "How to make sheet-pan suppers without the meat," 1 Oct. 2018 Serve with a strip of orange zest and a thyme sprig. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Orange-Thyme Old-Fashioned," 31 Oct. 2018 The rosemary crackles and burns immediately after sprigs are placed on the grill. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Add a little more flavor to your grill with fragrant ingredients," 2 July 2018 When dry, leaves can be crumbled, and sprigs snapped. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Growing and drying herbs in summer is a great way to benefit your culinary world," 8 June 2018 The design was painstakingly detailed, and included everything from the floral archway to Duchess Meghan's sprig of myrtle to Prince Harry's (mildly controversial) scruffy beard. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Makeup Artist Creates Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Royal Wedding Lip Art," 21 May 2018 Quantities of cracked ice rattled refreshingly in the goblet; sprigs of mint peered above its rim; a mass of white sugar, too sweetly indolent to melt, rested on the mint; and like rose buds on a snow bank, luscious strawberries crowned the sugar. Mark Will-weber, Town & Country, "A Complete History of the Mint Julep," 10 Apr. 2017 Place turkey neck, carrots, celery, and remaining onions and rosemary sprigs in a large roasting pan. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Dry-Brined Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Turkey," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of sprig


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sprig


Middle English sprigge

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English Language Learners Definition of sprig

: a small twig or stem that has leaves or flowers on it


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Kids Definition of sprig

: a small shoot or twig

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