any of a genus (Sprattus) of small, silvery herrings of temperate seas, esp. a European species (S. sprattus) often canned as food
Origin of spratfrom Middle English sprotte from Old English sprott: for Indo-European base see sprout
- Any of various small marine food fishes of the genus Sprattus, especially S. sprattus of the northeast Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas, eaten fresh or smoked and often canned as a sardine. Also called brisling .
- Any of various other fishes of the family Clupeidae, such as a young herring.
Origin of spratMiddle English sprot, spratte from Old English sprot
(plural sprat or sprats)
a variant of Old Enbglish sprott, related to German sprott and Norwegian sprot, small rod.