[ sprout ]
/ spraʊt /
verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of sprout
1150–1200; (v.) Middle English spr(o)uten, Old English -sprūtan, in āsproten (past participle; see a-3); cognate with Middle Dutch sprūten, German spriessen to sprout; akin to Greek speírein to scatter; (noun) Middle English; compare Middle Dutch, Middle Low German sprute
OTHER WORDS FROM sprout
non·sprout·ing, adjectivere·sprout, verbun·der·sprout, nounun·der·sprout, verb (used without object)
un·sprout·ed, adjectiveun·sprout·ing, adjective
Words nearby sprout
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British Dictionary definitions for resprout
/ (spraʊt) /
(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 for sprout
Old English sprūtan; related to Middle High German sprūzen to sprout, Lettish sprausties to jostle
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