a small spray of some plant with its leaves, flowers, etc.
an ornament having the form of such a spray.
a shoot, twig, or small branch.
Facetious. a scion, offspring, or heir of a family, class, etc.
a youth or young fellow.
a headless brad.
a small peg for reinforcing the walls of a mold.
a metal insert, used to chill certain portions of cast metal, that becomes an integral part of the finished casting.
to mark or decorate (fabrics, pottery, etc.) with a design of sprigs.
to fasten with brads.
Horticulture. to propagate a plant, especially grass, by planting individual stolons.
Metallurgy. to reinforce the walls of (a mold) with sprigs.
to remove a sprig or sprigs from (a plant).
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How to use sprig in a sentence
Add a large spoonful of chopped vegetables, a few pickled chiles, and, if you’d like, some crumbled or shredded cheese, a squeeze of lime and a few sprigs of cilantro.These grilled corn and zucchini tacos will delight you with layers of flavor | Daniela Galarza | September 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Gather your herb sprigs by the stem ends and plunge the leaves into the boiling water for 15 seconds and then immediately submerge them in ice water for one minute.Craft herbaceous homemade drinks with simple syrup infusions | LaVonne Roberts | August 26, 2021 | Popular-Science
Strain into a tall glass with fresh ice and serve with the sprig of mint.Add These 5 Backcountry Lodges to Your Adventure Bucket List | elessard | August 12, 2021 | Outside Online
Cucumbers, scallions and sprigs of cilantro are the finishing touches.This take on bang bang chicken is spicy, sour and quick enough for a weeknight | Daniela Galarza | July 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Bartleson even goes so far as to pack in some foliage, like a sprig of evergreen, that she’ll place in the corner of the shot to help frame the subject.
It rocks because their recipes are straight-up, no pretentions, no useless sprig of rosemary.
Even the celebrated shot of Uncle Paulie cutting garlic with a razor blade has a sprig of parsley in the foreground.
Nur looked like a kind little old man, and he wore a sprig of wild thyme in his hood.Honey-Bee | Anatole France
I have written at least a dozen about this cavern, and I've described it without even forgetting a single sprig of moss.Honey-Bee | Anatole France
It appeared that the fact of her having been the landlady of the Holly sprig made no difference in his case.A Bicycle of Cathay | Frank R. Stockton
Delicate, refined, perfectly poised, and Kitty beside her like a sunflower to a sprig of heliotrope!You Never Know Your Luck, Complete | Gilbert Parker
Then Marie began to explain, telling all about the candles, the sprig of box and the face of the corpse.Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete | Guy de Maupassant
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)
to fasten or secure with sprigs
to ornament (fabric, wallpaper, etc) with a design of sprigs
to make sprays from (twigs and branches)
- sprigger, noun
- spriggy, adjective
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