sprig

[ sprig ]
/ sprɪg /

noun

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


Nearby words

  1. spree killer,
  2. sprekelia,
  3. sprent,
  4. sprier,
  5. spriest,
  6. sprigged,
  7. spriggy,
  8. spright,
  9. sprightful,
  10. sprightly

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

sprig

/ (sprɪɡ) /

noun

verb sprigs, sprigging or sprigged (tr)

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

sprig

n.

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

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