Definition of sprog in English:



informal, humorous
  • 1A child.

    • ‘A former gynaecologist, the old chap helped to deliver his son's first three sprogs.’
    • ‘I get fed up by people who randomly produce sprogs with little thought to the consequences, and expect me to pay for their carelessness.’
    • ‘No matter the range of your holiday aspirations, from a weekend break in the Highlands to a grand tour of the Far East, there is no doubt that having a sprog in tow slows you down.’
    • ‘People feel able to go on having sprog after sprog because they know somebody else is going to pick up the tab.’
    • ‘Your sprog will be the centre of attention soon enough - right now, baby, it's your time to shine!’
    • ‘Of course, it almost goes without saying that when something is out of reach and the sprog is denied her heart's desire, much weeping and gnashing of teeth ensues.’
    • ‘They send their sprogs to a local authority club round the corner.’
    • ‘The next day we all went to my Sister's house by the sea, met the sprogs, etc.’
    • ‘It has taken a while, but I have finally realised that holidays with sprogs simply aren't holidays in the accepted sense.’
    • ‘I was given around £100 in Bonds when I was a wee sprog and inflation has reduced their value by around 90%.’
    • ‘Went into town today to show off the sprog to the work colleagues, and have coffee with Tim.’
    • ‘The fund manager, famous for juggling her high-pressure job in the City with bringing up a gaggle of sprogs, says that another terrorist incident could see the FTSE fall to the 3000 level.’
    • ‘Anyway, to return to my story, the sprog has absolutely no concept of time and wakes up at odd times during the night and starts making a racket.’
    • ‘Actually, I'm soon going to be visiting my sister and am quite looking forward to seeing her sprogs again (aged 8 and 6, so hardly babies), so I'm certainly no child-hater.’
    • ‘Naturally, the dress was removed in short order and the (now ecstatic) sprog was let loose to wreak havoc upon the house and garden.’
    • ‘Some of us think that feeding our brains matters as much as feeding our sprogs, and that we'll be better parents if we occasionally give it the odd workout.’
    • ‘She's in hospital… having just, literally, given birth to their first sprog.’
    • ‘On Saturday, my sister, her husband and the sprogs will come down from Cheshire and we'll do lunch again and assorted other stuff.’
    • ‘Thus, the scene is set for a hectic fortnight's ‘holiday’ in which the sprogs will be consecutively ignored, yelled at and ordered to get out from under my feet.’
    • ‘Nutritional research also suggests that an expectant mother can influence her sprog's future food preferences by the dietary choices she made during pregnancy.’
    youngster, young one, little one, boy, girl
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  • 2A military recruit or trainee.

    conscript, new soldier
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[no object]British
informal, humorous
  • Have a baby.

    • ‘For anyone who is freaking out that I'm about to sprog - I'm not, we're just checking options.’
    • ‘All my friends seem to be sprogging.’
    • ‘Well, nothing has changed, except that I sprogged.’
    • ‘This evening I visited my sister Sheena, who has just sprogged.’


1940s (originally services' slang): perhaps from obsolete sprag ‘lively young man’, of unknown origin.