verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- the young shoots of alfalfa, soybeans, etc., eaten as a raw vegetable.
- Brussels sprout.
Origin of sprout
Synonyms for sprout
Word Origin 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.)).