[ sprey ]
/ spreɪ /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to scatter spray; discharge a spray: The hose sprayed over the flowers.
to issue as spray: The water sprayed from the hose.

Nearby words

  1. spratly islands,
  2. sprattle,
  3. sprawl,
  4. sprawled,
  5. sprawly,
  6. spray can,
  7. spray gun,
  8. spray millet,
  9. spray paint,
  10. spray skirt

Origin of spray

1615–25; < earlier Dutch spraeyen; cognate with Middle High German spræjen

Related forms


[ sprey ]
/ spreɪ /


a single, slender shoot, twig, or branch with its leaves, flowers, or berries.
a group or bunch of cut flowers, leafy twigs, etc., arranged decoratively and for display, as in a vase.
an ornament having a similar form.

Origin of spray

1250–1300; Middle English; akin to sprag1

Related formsspray·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for spray


/ (spreɪ) /


fine particles of a liquid
  1. a liquid, such as perfume, paint, etc, designed to be discharged from an aerosol or atomizerhair spray
  2. the aerosol or atomizer itself
a quantity of small objects flying through the aira spray of bullets


to scatter (liquid) in the form of fine particles
to discharge (a liquid) from an aerosol or atomizer
(tr) to treat or bombard with a sprayto spray the lawn
Derived Formssprayer, noun

Word Origin for spray

C17: from Middle Dutch sprāien; related to Middle High German spræjen


a single slender shoot, twig, or branch that bears buds, leaves, flowers, or berries, either growing on or detached from a plant
a small decorative bouquet or corsage of flowers and foliage
a piece of jewellery designed to resemble a spray of flowers, leaves, etc

Word Origin for spray

C13: of Germanic origin; compare Old English sprǣc young shoot, Old Norse sprek brittle wood, Old High German sprahhula splinter

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Word Origin and History for spray
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Medicine definitions for spray


[ sprā ]


A fine jet of liquid discharged from a pressurized container.


To disperse a liquid in a jet of droplets.

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