noun, plural off·spring, off·springs.
- offshore drilling,
Origin of offspring
Examples from the Web for 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|Tom Sykes|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Al Qaeda and its Iraqi offspring ISIS compete for recruits and territory.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea|Bruce Riedel|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If you need a show for millennials, why not hand it over to Ronan Farrow, the offspring of celebrity parents.
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|DAILY BEAST
For this reason and others, some countries limit the number of offspring a donor can create.
Thus when tall and short varieties were crossed the offspring were all tall.The Making of Species|Douglas Dewar
As a general summary these words of Dr. Parsons will serve:—Diminution of offspring is a threefold gain to a species.Parenthood and Race Culture|Caleb Williams Saleeby
In this way, the best are selected and made to transmit to their offspring their improved condition.
But I think the proportion at least as large among the offspring of the great as among the children of the obscure.
Hence, those vices which are the offspring of passion and ignorance are condemned; as is but natural.The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies|Robert Gordon Latham
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.