- An example of a sprig is a small piece of baby's breath added to a flower arrangement.
- An example of a sprig is the young boy who is a new member of the family tree.
The definition of a sprig is a small branch of a plant or tree, or someone who is young and immature.
- a little twig or spray
- a design or ornament like this
- a small, headless brad
- a young fellow; stripling
- a person as the offspring or scion of a family, institution, class, etc.: used humorously
Origin of sprigMiddle English sprigge, probably akin to Middle Dutch sprik, dry twig: for Indo-European base see spark
transitive verbsprigged, sprig′ging
- to remove sprigs from (a bush, tree, etc.)
- to decorate with a design of sprigs
- to fasten with small, headless brads
- a. A small shoot or twig of a plant.b. An ornament in this shape.
- A small brad without a head.
- Archaic A young, immature person.
transitive verbsprigged, sprig·ging, sprigs
- To decorate with a design of sprigs.
- To remove a sprig or sprigs from (a bush or tree).
- To fasten with a small headless brad.
Origin of sprigMiddle English sprigge alteration of spring from Old English source of water
(third-person singular simple present sprigs, present participle sprigging, simple past and past participle sprigged)
- To decorate with sprigs