\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

Set aside a few of the prettiest herb sprigs and chill in a zip-top bag until ready to serve. Bon Appetit, "Rosé All Day Sangria," 14 May 2018 There’s the cardboard and the ice packs, and then all the plastic bags, each holding just a few sprigs of lemongrass or thyme. Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "Purple Carrot digs in on ecological packaging," 11 June 2018 Now, each graduate receives a sprig signifying the tie to SPU and the separation and independence that comes with graduation. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "SPU grads celebrate with a traditional Ivy Cutting," 9 June 2018 Garnish with lime wedges and sprigs of mint and cilantro. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "This Summery Coconut-Spice Halibut Is Great Steamed or Grilled," 26 June 2018 Open lid, apply the remaining three sprigs of rosemary to coals, flip the chicken and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes with lid closed. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Radical Rosemary Chicken," 2 July 2018 Garnish by placing the twist of grapefruit peel and the sprig of thyme in the drink. Sonia Rao, chicagotribune.com, "Summer cocktail recipes to expand your happy hour horizons," 29 June 2018 The tender and aromatic pork — carved to order — speaks for itself and ends up on a thick tortilla with cilantro sprigs, chopped white onion and a lime wedge. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Boise’s trendy new taquerias redefine the taco – and diners get to taste the difference," 27 June 2018 The sprig of myrtle came from the same plant used in Queen Elizabeth's wedding bouquet back in 1947, the Palace noted. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "8 Surprising Things You Might Not Know About Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress," 15 May 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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