Definition of offspring in US English:

offspring

noun

  • 1A person's child or children.

    ‘the offspring of middle-class parents’
    • ‘Leaving a small child at day care can be a traumatic experience for both the parents and their offspring.’
    • ‘Parents have a special seating area from where they can keep a close eye on their offspring as the children burn off some excess energy.’
    • ‘Many parents also introduce limited alcohol at home when their offspring are young, on the grounds that they must learn how to handle the substance.’
    • ‘In all cases, the parents revealed their offspring were kicking a ball, handling a racquet or racing about before their fifth birthday.’
    • ‘Grandparents, particularly grandmothers, cared for the offspring of married sons or daughters.’
    • ‘Many parents moan about their offspring rising at the crack of dawn.’
    • ‘Although it may deeply embarrass their teenage offspring, parents love to record family outings and special occasions for posterity.’
    • ‘A traditional craft, it is passed on from parents to their offspring.’
    • ‘Jim warned him prior to introducing him to Hannah that the youngest Dawson offspring is a charmer.’
    • ‘Parents expect too much from their offspring and the children are unable to meet it.’
    • ‘They play the offspring of two warring criminal families who join forces to try and bring peace to the neighbourhood.’
    • ‘It could be argued that parents subsidising their offspring's first house purchase is not necessarily a good thing.’
    • ‘When my offspring were tiny, it was the thing that made it so you could tell which of their drawings was of me.’
    • ‘However, to avoid paying strangers to look after their offspring, should parents be forced to ask such a task of their own parents?’
    • ‘Parents let their offspring roam the streets quite happily, not knowing what they are up to.’
    • ‘Many parents have pulled their offspring out of school altogether, worried about the chaos on the streets.’
    • ‘Admittedly, for its target audience of parents and accompanying offspring this is a safe bet.’
    • ‘The best solution on offer rests solely with the parents, as their offspring are a reflection of them.’
    • ‘When parents accuse their offspring of treating the place like a hotel they are usually quite accurate.’
    • ‘True, he had expected me - more than any of his other offspring - to become the politician of the family.’
    children, sons and daughters, progeny, family, youngsters, babies, brood
    child, baby, infant, son, daughter, youngster, little one, tot, tiny tot
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    1. 1.1 An animal's young.
      • ‘European boars interbred with the Polynesians' small pigs, and the offspring ran wild.’
      • ‘Even animals chastise their offspring with a little nip of pain to teach them to behave.’
      • ‘However, the real way to make money in Wildlife Park is to get your animals to mate and then sell the offspring.’
      • ‘Much of that outlay can be recouped by selling the offspring of the bird to other breeders at, say, £5,000 a bird.’
      • ‘Researchers not too long ago successfully bred the offspring of two ‘species’ of Galapagos finches.’
      • ‘Many species of animals gather in groups to rest or raise their offspring.’
      • ‘Bird watchers will also be able to see the adult male teach his offspring how to snatch fish from the lake over the next few weeks.’
      • ‘Those calves include the offspring of the cow that tested positive for the disease.’
      • ‘When fully grown up, the offspring of birds and animals abandon their parents, and carve out a world of their own.’
      • ‘The offspring of control animals were kept under the same conditions.’
      • ‘Packs are typically composed of an alpha pair and their offspring, including young of previous years.’
      • ‘Soon a little coop was constructed in the back garden and the duck and her eight offspring were installed in their new home.’
      • ‘Until the bird learns the tricky task of catching its own fish, the adult birds will continue to deliver food to their offspring.’
      • ‘The ‘isolated’ case of one cow has become the case of the cow and her two offspring.’
      • ‘The young bird is the offspring of the well-known pair of black eagles that nests in the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden.’
      • ‘After that, she lived alone in the woods, surrounded by the offspring of her cream-colored cat.’
      • ‘When the mouse bred with a normal female, his offspring retained the ability to fight off cancer.’
      • ‘The first offspring of the animal is passed on to a neighbouring poor family, so that the benefit is multiplied each year.’
      • ‘It is the offspring of the onion fly, which sometimes flits about among the young onions at this season.’
      • ‘In Kekexili, he encountered large groups of female antelopes with their offspring.’
    2. 1.2 The product or result of something.
      ‘German nationalism was the offspring of military ambition’
      • ‘Indeed, 100 years of germ theory has spawned impressive germ-fighting offspring.’
      • ‘Humourless and heavy-hearted love only produces hate as its offspring.’

Origin

Old English ofspring (see off, spring).

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