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sprig

[sprig] /sprɪg/
noun
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, etc.
5.
a youth or young fellow.
7.
a headless brad.
8.
Metallurgy.
  1. a small peg for reinforcing the walls of a mold.
  2. a metal insert, used to chill certain portions of cast metal, that becomes an integral part of the finished casting.
verb (used with object), sprigged, sprigging.
9.
to mark or decorate (fabrics, pottery, etc.) with a design of sprigs.
10.
to fasten with brads.
11.
Horticulture. to propagate a plant, especially grass, by planting individual stolons.
12.
Metallurgy. to reinforce the walls of (a mold) with sprigs.
13.
to remove a sprig or sprigs from (a plant).
Origin of sprig
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English sprigge (noun); origin uncertain; sense “peg” perhaps of distinct orig.; cf. sprag1, spray2
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Examples from the Web for sprigged
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  • She would have time this afternoon after the dishes were done, to sit right down with that sprigged calico dress for little Addie.

    The Brimming Cup Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • And one is sprigged with lavender, and that's the one for me.

  • They find great fault with pencilled knots and sprigged letters.

  • Forget its stripes, and imagine it to be sprigged silk of a day long gone by.

    The Lady and the Pirate Emerson Hough
  • Comes Mistress Penelope in sprigged gown of lavender, and smelling fresh of the herb itself or of some faint freshness.

    The Little Red Foot Robert W. Chambers
  • The veil of Brussels net wrought in sprigged designs is a failure.

    Social Life Maud C. Cooke
  • So a chair was placed in front of the green cupboard, and with precision in every movement the "sprigged" dishes were gotten down.

    The Transformation of Job Frederick Vining Fisher
  • Well, Eliza, if you wouldn't mind, I should like you to put on your sprigged muslin.

    Pride and Prejudice, a play Mary Keith Medbery Mackaye
  • Meantime, our grandmother's sprigged china remains a joy and a delight, whether or no we dare to call it genuine Lowestoft.

  • A fine moisture shone on her bare neck and arms above her frock of sprigged chintz calico.

    The Battle Ground Ellen Glasgow
British Dictionary definitions for sprigged

sprig

/sprɪɡ/
noun
1.
a shoot, twig, or sprout of a tree, shrub, etc; spray
2.
an ornamental device resembling a spray of leaves or flowers
3.
a small wire nail without a head
4.
(informal, rare) a youth
5.
(informal, rare) a person considered as the descendant of an established family, social class, etc
6.
(NZ) another name for stud1 (sense 7)
verb (transitive) sprigs, sprigging, sprigged
7.
to fasten or secure with sprigs
8.
to ornament (fabric, wallpaper, etc) with a design of sprigs
9.
to make sprays from (twigs and branches)
Derived Forms
sprigger, noun
spriggy, adjective
Word Origin
C15: probably of Germanic origin; compare Low German sprick, Swedish sprygg
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Word Origin and History for sprigged

sprig

n.

c.1400, "shoot, twig or spray of a plant, shrub," probably from Old English spræc "shoot, twig," of obscure origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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