\ 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

Toss the bread in a bowl with about 3 tablespoons olive oil, the basil sprigs and salt and pepper to taste. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Melissa Perello’s Summer Stone Fruit & Tomato Panzanella," 3 July 2018 Other flower vinegar combinations: Lavender-Vanilla: Place 8 stalks fresh lavender, including stems and flowers, 1 vanilla bean, split down the middle, and 4 sprigs fresh thyme in a 1-quart glass canning jar. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Ed Vigil’s Nasturtium Vinegar," 20 Apr. 2018 Arrange carrots and thyme sprigs around chicken and drizzle with oil; season with salt and pepper. Jenny Rosenstratch, Bon Appetit, "Panko-Crusted Roast Chicken Thighs with Mustard and Thyme," 19 Mar. 2018 Vodka Lemonade Mix ingredients, serve over ice and garnish with a fresh mint sprig. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Celebrate the summer with light, fruity cocktails," 4 July 2018 Garnish with basil sprig and dehydrated lime wheel. Anush Elbakyan, BostonGlobe.com, "Cool off with these essential summer cocktails," 3 July 2018 Pour over ice and garnish with a basil sprig and lime wheel. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Little Beach Bikini Punch," 26 June 2018 Mix garlic, needles from the remaining sprig of rosemary, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, the grapeseed oil, thyme and salt and pepper. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breakfast in bed? These dads would rather be in the kitchen," 12 June 2018 Garnish with fresh mint sprig for great aroma and enjoy! Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "The Best Ways to Drink More Bourbon This Spring," 17 Apr. 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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