a species of herring, Clupea sprattus, of the eastern North Atlantic.
a small or inconsequential person or thing.
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How to use sprat in a sentence
Thomas sprat, an English prelate and poet, died; he was distinguished as a writer, and rewarded with preferments.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
The Judge inquired if that was the sole object of the plaintiff, or was it not rather baiting with a sprat to catch a herring?The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
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
Stow-boating is really sprat catching, and no one can exactly explain the meaning of the term.A Chapter of Adventures | G. A. Henty
It is particularly abundant at Teignmouth, where it is known as the Sand sprat, and forms an important article of diet.The Sea Shore | William S. Furneaux
British Dictionary definitions for sprat
a small marine food fish, Clupea sprattus, of the NE Atlantic Ocean and North Sea: family Clupeidae (herrings): See also brisling
any of various small or young herrings
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