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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

The mood board showed sprigs of very pale lilacs, and Mrs. Slocombe in a candy pink rinse, but Ott looked carefully at photographs of me at the fitting, scrutinized my eyes, and wondered if a washed out green wouldn’t be the way to go? Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Explains the Inspiration Behind His Sea Foam-Green Met Gala Hair," 8 May 2019 To serve, spoon quinoa salad on a bed of spinach on individual serving plates, then top with sliced flank steak and garnish, if desired, with cilantro sprigs. Lucy Saunders, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cooking 101: New Marquette classes aim to raise students' kitchen GPA," 27 Apr. 2018 Green Rice Recipe Puree 2½ cups raw tomatillos with ten cilantro sprigs. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Your Guide To Growing The Biggest Tomatillos North Of Mexico," 22 Mar. 2017 Shake well and strain between two glasses. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig, dusted with powdered sugar and a candy cane ORANGE MOCHA 'NOG Makes 2 Ingredients 3 oz. Fox News, "Shake up your egg nog," 22 Dec. 2012 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

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


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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