noun, plural sprats, (especially collectively) sprat for 1.
Examples from the Web for sprat
He spoke with peculiar asperity of Sprat, who had undoubtedly been the most humane and moderate member of the board.
It cost him some vexation of spirit; but, for Meg's sake, he threw the sprat, and threw it boldly.Into the Highways and Hedges|F. F. Montrsor (Frances Frederica)
Baxter—so soon as it is ready—will let you see a proof of my introduction, which is only sent out as a sprat to catch whales.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
Sprat was amazed to hear the bells of his own Abbey ringing merrily.
The fate of this nobleman has, in one respect, resembled the fate of his colleague Sprat.
British Dictionary definitions for sprat
Word Origin for sprat
Word Origin and History for sprat
"small European herring," 1590s, variant of sprot, from Old English sprot "a small herring," related to Dutch sprot, and probably connected to sprout.