- children or young of a particular parent or progenitor.
- a child or animal in relation to its parent or parents.
- a descendant.
- descendants collectively.
- the product, result, or effect of something: the offspring of an inventive mind.
Origin of offspring
Related Words for offspringbrood, generation, progeny, heir, cub, baby, descendant, kid, pup, spawn, lineage, scion, family, bambino, young, produce, posterity, heredity, seed, succession
Examples from the Web for offspring
Contemporary Examples of offspring
Given his philandering reputation, it is perhaps unsurprising that there are several people who claim to be his offspring.Spanish Court To Consider Paternity Claims Against Former King Juan Carlos
December 12, 2014
Al Qaeda and its Iraqi offspring ISIS compete for recruits and territory.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea
November 9, 2014
If you need a show for millennials, why not hand it over to Ronan Farrow, the offspring of celebrity parents.Trustafarians Want to Tell You How to Live
October 31, 2014
But included on the list is “responsibility with regard to offspring.”What’s the Catholic Church’s Problem With Couples Without Children?
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
October 26, 2014
For this reason and others, some countries limit the number of offspring a donor can create.The Real Problem With Sperm Banks
October 7, 2014
Historical Examples of offspring
On his back was the offspring of unthinking parents—a pin-head.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Almost always these abandoned children are the offspring of vice.The Dream
The offspring of a liaison between a bald head and a bank account.The Devil's Dictionary
The offspring of pride, and lust, and avarice, it is indigenous to the world.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
He seemed to have a wild, shy look, like the offspring of an untamed, animal.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- the immediate descendant or descendants of a person, animal, etc; progeny
- a product, outcome, or result
Word Origin and History for offspring
Old English ofspring "children or young collectively, descendants," literally "those who spring off (someone,)" from off + springan "to spring" (see spring (v.)). The figurative sense is first recorded c.1600.
- The progeny or descendants of a person, animal, or plant considered as a group.
- A child of particular parentage.