Main definitions of sprig in English

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sprig1

nounPlural sprigs

  • 1A small stem bearing leaves or flowers, taken from a plant.

    ‘a sprig of holly’
    • ‘This is a complex wine that will sparkle as an accompaniment to a tall glass of bone chillingly cold lemon sorbet with sprigs of mint.’
    • ‘You notice that there wasn't a sprig of parsley or even a strawberry on the plate.’
    • ‘In four months, the sprigs they plant will have branches three to four feet long.’
    • ‘In 1984 Depue planted a dozen sprigs at Jacob's Fork, a mined mountain that had lain dormant for 20 years in McDowell County.’
    • ‘By the time they leave, they've planted more than 300 sprigs.’
    • ‘After the tree was done, she turned to the mantle, adding tinsel and pine sprigs to decorate the area around a few red candles.’
    • ‘The long, white tunic the ghost wears is girded by a belt with a sprig of holly symbolizing winter tucked in it, but spring flowers hem the bottom of the tunic.’
    • ‘He had come in peace, he said, for he carried a sprig of holly and wore no armor.’
    • ‘I turned to her and saw that she wore a white dress with little sprigs of wildflowers printed on it.’
    • ‘With not a sprig of holly in sight, it is the perfect anti-pantomime for the festive season.’
    • ‘Ivy twisted through sprigs of flowers, adding green here and there, and rose trellises climbed the stone walls that encircled the gardens.’
    • ‘I got the pine sprigs from a tree outside in the courtyard.’
    • ‘This great match of flavours was served with a little sprig of fresh fennel, which led the charge of the other flavours through the creamy goats cheese.’
    • ‘The knight wore no armor, but carried a sprig of holly in one hand, and an enormous axe in the other.’
    • ‘He hands out three-foot-long willow sprigs, a half-inch in diameter, cut from trees on the property.’
    • ‘The task was difficult, as the sprigs were barbed with large thorns, and the fragrant resin stuck to their fingers as they broke the sprigs from the angular branch.’
    • ‘To remove a leaf from its sprig, Patten grasped it gently by the stalk and pulled it back towards the branch of the limb to prevent tree damage.’
    small stem, spray, twig, branch
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  • 2A descendant or younger member of a family or social class.

    ‘a sprig of the French nobility’
    1. 2.1derogatory, archaic A young man.
      • ‘At the shire-hall new-year celebrations, 15-year-old Ruth Hilton catches the eye of a 23-year-old sprig of the gentry.’
  • 3A small moulded decoration applied to a piece of pottery before firing.

verbsprigged, sprigs, sprigging

  • Decorate (pottery) with small, separately moulded designs.

Origin

Middle English: from or related to Low German sprick.

Pronunciation

sprig

/sprɪɡ/

Main definitions of sprig in English

: sprig1sprig2

sprig2

nounPlural sprigs

  • 1A small tapering tack with no head, used chiefly to hold glass in a window frame until the putty dries.

  • 2usually sprigsAustralian NZ A stud on the sole of a shoe or boot.

Origin

Middle English: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

sprig

/sprɪɡ/