sprig

noun
\ ˈsprig How to pronounce sprig (audio) \

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

sprig

verb
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

Pull off damaged leaves, wash and dry the whole twig in a salad spinner and/or between towels, and then dry the whole sprig in the dehydrator. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Growing and drying herbs in summer is a great way to benefit your culinary world," 8 June 2018 The bride, who wore a stunning diamond necklace by Sabyasachi Jewelry, then further played up the dazzle factor by entwining a delicate white floral sprig of baby’s breath around the back that lent an unexpected and feminine flourish. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra’s Third Wedding Reception Reveals Her Most Striking Bridal Hair Yet," 20 Dec. 2018 Stuff garlic, lemon, half of onions, and 6 sprigs rosemary into main cavity. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Dry-Brined Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Turkey," 24 Oct. 2018 Working one at a time, place a fillet in the center of a sheet of foil and top with 2 rosemary sprigs. Ignacio Mattos, Bon Appetit, "Grilled Turbot with Celery Leaf Salsa Verde," 23 Apr. 2018 Reserve 4 to 6 whole sprigs to garnish the soup, then coarsely chop the rest of the watercress. Joe Yonan, sacbee, "A simple Portuguese soup to perk up your cold-weather doldrums | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Jan. 2018 Reserve 4 to 6 whole sprigs to garnish the soup, then coarsely chop the rest of the watercress. Joe Yonan, charlotteobserver, "A simple Portuguese soup to perk up your cold-weather doldrums | Charlotte Observer," 23 Jan. 2018 Rosemary's Berry Ingredients 4 fresh raspberries 6 sprigs of rosemary 1 1/2 oz Remy Martin VS 1/2 oz Cointreau 2 oz cranberry juice 3/4 oz simple syrup Preparation Muddle in a mixing glass. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "5 Cocktails That'll Have You Seeing Red for the True Blood Premiere," 14 June 2013 Unwanted smooches aside, the real problem is when sprigs end up on the floor within reach of pets. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "5 Holiday Plants That Are Way More Toxic Than Poinsettias to Cats and Dogs," 14 Dec. 2018

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

Noun

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

Verb

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sprig

Noun

Middle English sprigge

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sprig

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sprig

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

sprig

noun
\ ˈsprig How to pronounce sprig (audio) \

Kids Definition of sprig

: a small shoot or twig

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