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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 Meanwhile, place 1/4 cup stevia, 1.5 cups of water, and 6 sprigs of fresh rosemary in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "5 Healthy-Ish Cocktails You Can Indulge In This Holiday Season," 19 Nov. 2019 Remove leaves from rosemary sprig and discard stem. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your holiday feast just got more exciting with these recipes from Wisconsin chefs," 17 Dec. 2019 Stuart suggests filling several small containers (silver cups meant for mint juleps, for example, can be inexpensive or real silver) with a few roses trimmed very short, and then adding a sprig of pine or holly. Melissa Rayworth, chicagotribune.com, "Simple can be gorgeous when setting a holiday table," 7 Nov. 2019 Top with soda water and garnish with a rosemary sprig. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Amanda Haas shares her signature recipes," 14 Sep. 2019 Stir in the pasta, return to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente, about 6 minutes. Discard the rosemary sprig. Ellie Krieger, The Denver Post, "A quick and flavorful chickpea stew for all your busy nights ahead," 9 Sep. 2019 Muddle the lemon juice, 1 of the rosemary sprigs and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Rooibos Chamomile Refresher Iced Tea," 21 Aug. 2019 The pastel beach feel was juxtaposed by masculine military jackets, berets and combat boots — but the flamboyant floral sprigs were still present. Washington Post, "Miami Beach scene inspires Dior’s first US runway show," 4 Dec. 2019 The attention to detail here is wonderful – from the sprig of fragrant rosemary to the perfect, oversized crystal clear cube of ice. Anchorage Daily News, "12 drinks of Christmas: Coffees, cocoas, cocktails and kombuchas to get you through to the new year," 28 Nov. 2019 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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The first known use of sprig was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sprig.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprig. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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to insert between existing elements

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