\ 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


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 Add the bourbon, stir gently and serve garnished with a sprig of mint. Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, 20 May 2022 With fragrant gray or green foliage and charming yellow button flowers, a sprig hung in your closet will repel moths, which are attracted to wool. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2022 Estefan's edition uses four local limes, a sprig of mint and homemade sugar syrup. Forrest Brown, CNN, 13 May 2022 Though none of these gardens will yield large-scale harvests, even a single sprig often suffices for purposes of teas, cocktails and spa elixirs, notes Kwong. Abbie Kozolchyk, Robb Report, 12 Apr. 2022 As is tradition, Kate bestowed the Guards' huge Irish wolfhound mascot, Seamus, with a sprig on his collar. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2022 Prince William, who is the Colonel of the Irish Guards, stood by his wife's side through the celebration dressed in a military coat with a sprig on his cap. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Mar. 2022 Garnish with a dash of angostura on top, a mint sprig and a cocktail stirrer. WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 To create a loop at the top of the bundle, tie another piece of twine, about 6 inches long, around the sprig and tie a small loop at the end of the twine. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, 18 Mar. 2022 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, 14 Mar. 2019 See More

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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 Jun 2022

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“Sprig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprig. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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: a small shoot or twig

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