I. noun Etymology: Middle English sprigge Date: 14th century 1. a. a small shoot ; twig <
a sprig of parsley
b. a small division of grass used for propagation 2. a. heir b. youth c. a small specimen 3. an ornament resembling a sprig, stemmed flower, or leaf 4. a small headless nail ; brad II. transitive verb (sprigged; sprigging) Date: 1713 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Sprig — (spr[i^]g), n. [AS. sprec; akin to Icel. sprek a stick. Cf. {Spray} a branch.] 1. A small shoot or twig of a tree or other plant; a spray; as, a sprig of laurel or of parsley. [1913 Webster] 2. A youth; a lad; used humorously or in slight… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sprig — is a character from the Grey Griffins Books, written by Derek Benz and J. S. Lewis. Sprig is a mysterious shape shifting spriggan, whose motives are unknown. She often appears to Max, Natalia, Ernie, and Harley, to warn them of Oberon, the Shadow …   Wikipedia

  • sprig — [sprıg] n [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Perhaps from Low German sprick small thin branch ] a small stem or part of a branch with leaves or flowers on it sprig of ▪ a sprig of parsley …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Sprig — Sprig, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sprigged} (spr[i^]gd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Sprigging} ( g[i^]ng).] To mark or adorn with the representation of small branches; to work with sprigs; as, to sprig muslin. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sprig — sprig; sprig·ger; sprig·gy; …   English syllables

  • sprig — /sprig/, n., v., sprigged, sprigging. n. 1. a small spray of some plant with its leaves, flowers, etc. 2. an ornament having the form of such a spray. 3. a shoot, twig, or small branch. 4. Facetious. a scion, offspring, or heir of a family, class …   Universalium

  • sprig — [ sprıg ] noun count a stem or very small branch cut from a plant …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sprig — [sprig] n. [ME sprigge, prob. akin to MDu sprik, dry twig: for IE base see SPARK1] 1. a) a little twig or spray b) a design or ornament like this 2. a small, headless brad 3. a young fellow; stripling …   English World dictionary

  • sprig — c.1400, shoot, twig or spray of a plant, shrub, probably from O.E. spræc shoot, twig, of obscure origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • sprig — ► NOUN 1) a small stem bearing leaves or flowers, taken from a bush or plant. 2) a descendant or younger member of a family or social class. 3) a small moulded decoration applied to a piece of pottery before firing. ► VERB ▪ decorate with sprigs …   English terms dictionary

  • sprig — Sprigtail Sprig tail (spr[i^]g t[=a]l ), n. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The pintail duck; called also {sprig}, and {spreet tail}. [Local, U.S.] (b) The sharp tailed grouse. [Local, U.S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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