- to begin to grow; shoot forth, as a plant from a seed.
- (of a seed or plant) to put forth buds or shoots.
- to develop or grow quickly: a boy awkwardly sprouting into manhood.
- to cause to sprout.
- to remove sprouts from: Sprout and boil the potatoes.
- a shoot of a plant.
- a new growth from a germinating seed, or from a rootstock, tuber, bud, or the like.
- something resembling or suggesting a sprout, as in growth.
- a young person; youth.
- the young shoots of alfalfa, soybeans, etc., eaten as a raw vegetable.
- Brussels sprout.
Origin of sprout
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Examples from the Web for sprout
I particularly believed that from the ashes of the unrest we could work to sprout new hope for our community.Wendy Greuel on L.A. Riots: ‘We Still Have a Long Way to Go’
April 27, 2012
In the winter the seeds should be steeped in warm water, and the bag put in a place sufficiently hot to make them sprout.
He stared at a cylinder which was beginning to sprout tentacles from the circle.Acid Bath
Boys git that way when they begin to sprout hair under their noses.Rim o' the World
B. M. Bower
The week passed by, and the old people saw that the pea had begun to sprout.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
The sprout divides into two, forming the beginning of the pair of lungs.A Handbook of Health
- (of a plant, seed, etc) to produce (new leaves, shoots, etc)
- (intr often foll by up) to begin to grow or developnew office blocks are sprouting up all over the city
- a newly grown shoot or bud
- something that grows like a sprout
- See Brussels sprout
Word Origin and History for sprout
Old English -sprutan (in asprutan "to sprout"), from Proto-Germanic *spreutanan (cf. Old Saxon sprutan, Old Frisian spruta, Middle Dutch spruten, Old High German spriozan, German sprießen "to sprout"), from PIE root *sper- "to strew" (cf. Greek speirein "to scatter," spora "a scattering, sowing," sperma "sperm, seed," literally "that which is scattered;" Old English spreawlian "to sprawl," -sprædan "to spread," spreot "pole;" Armenian sprem "scatter;" Old Lithuanian sprainas "staring;" Lettish spriezu "I span, I measure"). Related: Sprouted; sprouting.
"shoot of a plant, sprout; a twig," Old English sprota (see sprout (v.)).