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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 Drink it: over ice, garnished with a sprig of mint or rosemary. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Move over, Aperol spritz: Sunny, breezy California aperitifs are the chic Millennial's new drink of choice," 5 Feb. 2021 Keep it simple or zhoosh it up with chestnuts, apple slices and/or a sprig of thyme. Washington Post, "6 seasonal soups to begin — or become — your Thanksgiving meal," 23 Nov. 2020 Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and extra cinnamon. Sarah Baird, Good Housekeeping, "3 Ways To Stay Connected During the Holidays, According this Home Expert," 9 Dec. 2020 Pele held a bouquet assembled by the professor who’d hosted the Pau Hana Fridays, comprising various plants found on the Big Island—a sprig from the koa tree, for example, which symbolized strength. Daniella Zalcman, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Inspiring Quest to Revive the Hawaiian Language," 17 Nov. 2020 Or use a scarf, attractive dish towel, bandana, or some other useful cloth item that is a gift itself. Accessorize your gifts with reusable cloth ribbon or twine and tuck in a sprig of evergreen, holly or from a boxwood shrub. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Go 'green' this holiday season. Try these 10 eco-friendly gift-giving and wrapping tips," 24 Nov. 2020 Commuters can grab a sprig of cooking herbs from the planter on the train platform, while those with upset stomachs can pick some tummy-soothing fennel from the apothecary garden next to the town health center. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "Are ‘Edible Landscapes’ the Future of Public Parks?," 16 Nov. 2020 Garnish with the sprig of thyme and serve warm or at room temperature. Staff Reports Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Recipe: Rustic Apple, Shallot and Manchego Tart," 14 Oct. 2020 Finally, West tops it with a scoop of rich vanilla bean ice cream and a sprig of fresh mint. cleveland, "National Dessert Day: Indulge in these most sinful treats in Greater Cleveland," 14 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb YanYan’s ivory wool twinsets, sprigged with microflorals, are a direct nod to the classic maa maa’s uniform. Vogue, "The Girls Behind YanYan, a New Knit Label From Hong Kong, Are Making Modern Maa Maa Style," 14 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of sprig


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


1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sprig


Middle English sprigge

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11 Feb 2021

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“Sprig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprig. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sprig

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


\ ˈsprig How to pronounce sprig (audio) \

Kids Definition of sprig

: a small shoot or twig

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