- a small spray of some plant with its leaves, flowers, etc.
- an ornament having the form of such a spray.
- a shoot, twig, or small branch.
- Facetious. a scion, offspring, or heir of a family, class, etc.
- a youth or young fellow.
- glazier's point.
- a headless brad.
- a small peg for reinforcing the walls of a mold.
- a metal insert, used to chill certain portions of cast metal, that becomes an integral part of the finished casting.
- to mark or decorate (fabrics, pottery, etc.) with a design of sprigs.
- to fasten with brads.
- Horticulture. to propagate a plant, especially grass, by planting individual stolons.
- Metallurgy. to reinforce the walls of (a mold) with sprigs.
- to remove a sprig or sprigs from (a plant).
Origin of sprig
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Examples from the Web for sprigged
And one is sprigged with lavender, and that's the one for me.
Forget its stripes, and imagine it to be sprigged silk of a day long gone by.The Lady and the Pirate
The veil of Brussels net wrought in sprigged designs is a failure.Social Life
Maud C. Cooke
She shook out the sprigged muslin and gave it to the old man to press.The Comings of Cousin Ann
Emma Speed Sampson
You know I wanted you, when we first came, not to buy that sprigged muslin, but you would.Northanger Abbey
- a shoot, twig, or sprout of a tree, shrub, etc; spray
- an ornamental device resembling a spray of leaves or flowers
- a small wire nail without a head
- informal, rare a youth
- informal, rare a person considered as the descendant of an established family, social class, etc
- NZ another name for stud 1 (def. 7)
- to fasten or secure with sprigs
- to ornament (fabric, wallpaper, etc) with a design of sprigs
- to make sprays from (twigs and branches)
C15: probably of Germanic origin; compare Low German sprick, Swedish sprygg
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Word Origin and History for sprigged
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