verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- spratly islands,
- spray can,
- spray gun,
- spray millet,
- spray paint,
- spray skirt
Origin of spray1
Origin of spray2
Examples from the Web for spray
He would shake a chilled Coke, and then spray the soda into a cold glass of milk.
Neither Mr. Gelb nor the unions claimed responsibility for the spray painted vulgarities, and the case remains unsolved.
Brown has taken on legendary status in Ferguson, as the spray paint marking the spot where he died indicates.'Go Ahead and Shoot Me': The Veteran Who Defied Ferguson's Cops|Justin Glawe|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Gordon picked up a pair secondhand and began to stencil then onto blank canvases with spray paint.Kim Gordon: Going Solo After Sonic Youth, and Why She Identifies With ‘Girls’|Andrew Romano|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I sent a shower of spray from the fixative over the canvas, and said: “Well, go on.”Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"Yes, that was right," he said absently, and pinched a spray of southernwood that grew beside the door.Meadow Grass|Alice Brown
When Kate went to her own chamber, a robin on a spray of sweet-briar was singing at her window.I, Thou, and the Other One|Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
All the men were vitalized into new life, but the storm rose at the same time, and spray and foam dashed over them.The Sun Of Quebec|Joseph A. Altsheler
He was gone, the rear wheels of the car throwing a spray of sand as he started heedless of Smithy's protests against the plan.Two Thousand Miles Below|Charles Willard Diffin
The spray near the window had ceased its tapping against the shutter, and was listening too.The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers|Mary Cholmondeley
- a liquid, such as perfume, paint, etc, designed to be discharged from an aerosol or atomizerhair spray
- the aerosol or atomizer itself
Word Origin for spray
Word Origin for spray
"sprinkle liquid in drops," 1520s, from Middle Dutch sprayen, from Proto-Germanic *spræwjanan (cf. German sprühen "to sparkle, drizzle," Spreu "chaff," literally "that which flies about"), from PIE root *sper- "to sow, scatter" (see sprout (v.)). The noun is attested from 1620s. Spray-painting is from 1902; spray-paint (v.) is from 1928.
"small branch," c.1300, possibly related to Old English spræc "shoot, twig" (see sprig).