sprig

noun
\ 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

sprig

verb
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

Remove the oregano leaves from the remaining sprig, sprinkle them over 4 zucchini halves and slice those into bite-size portions. ExpressNews.com, "Sunday Recipe: Roast Chicken Supper," 28 Aug. 2019 Add a few sprigs of fresh thyme to garnish, then serve. Bibby Gignilliat, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: How to make a Tomato and Summer Squash Tian," 12 Aug. 2019 Season with a few basil leaves, a thyme sprig, and some salt and pepper. Brittany Anas, The Know, "What Colorado’s top chefs cook when they go camping," 12 Aug. 2019 Lay salmon fillets, skinned-side down, on top of lemons and herb sprigs. Washington Post, "A vinaigrette packed with fresh herbs makes salmon better," 22 July 2019 Shake off the water and spread the sprigs on a clean towel to dry. Jeanmarie Brownson, Twin Cities, "Refresh your summer cooking with versatile mint for grilled meats, salads and tea," 18 July 2019 To wash the herbs, separate the sprigs and put them into a salad spinner. Martha Holmberg, The Denver Post, "How to push fresh herbs beyond the garnish: Use with abundance and abandon," 15 July 2019 Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon herbs, garnish with the herb sprigs, and serve with lemon. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Marinate pork chops with mustard, then grill them beside juicy tomatoes," 15 July 2019 Shake off the water and spread the sprigs on a clean towel to dry. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Refresh your summer cooking with versatile mint for grilled meats, salads and tea," 5 July 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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sprig

Noun

Middle English sprigge

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sprig

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sprig

: a small twig or stem that has leaves or flowers on it

sprig

noun
\ ˈsprig How to pronounce sprig (audio) \

Kids Definition of sprig

: a small shoot or twig

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