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

Origin of sprig

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

sprout, twig, runner, offshoot, tendril, vine, branch

Examples from the Web for sprig

Contemporary Examples of sprig

  • Even the celebrated shot of Uncle Paulie cutting garlic with a razor blade has a sprig of parsley in the foreground.

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Historical Examples of sprig

British Dictionary definitions for sprig



a shoot, twig, or sprout of a tree, shrub, etc; spray
an ornamental device resembling a spray of leaves or flowers
a small wire nail without a head
informal, rare a youth
informal, rare a person considered as the descendant of an established family, social class, etc
NZ another name for stud 1 (def. 7)

verb sprigs, sprigging or sprigged (tr)

to fasten or secure with sprigs
to ornament (fabric, wallpaper, etc) with a design of sprigs
to make sprays from (twigs and branches)
Derived Formssprigger, nounspriggy, adjective

Word Origin for sprig

C15: probably of Germanic origin; compare Low German sprick, Swedish sprygg
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Word Origin and History for sprig

c.1400, "shoot, twig or spray of a plant, shrub," probably from Old English spræc "shoot, twig," of obscure origin.

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