[ sprig ]
/ sprɪg /


verb (used with object), sprigged, sprig·ging.


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Origin of sprig

1300–50; Middle English sprigge (noun); origin uncertain; sense “peg” perhaps of distinct orig.; cf. sprag1, spray2
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British Dictionary definitions for sprig

/ (sprɪɡ) /


verb sprigs, sprigging or sprigged (tr)

Derived forms of sprig

sprigger, nounspriggy, adjective

Word Origin for sprig

C15: probably of Germanic origin; compare Low German sprick, Swedish sprygg
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