- to begin to grow or germinate; give off shoots or buds
- to grow or develop rapidly
Origin of sproutMiddle English sprouten from Old English sprutan, akin to German spriessen from Indo-European an unverified form spreud- from base an unverified form (s)p(h)er-: see spread
- a young growth on a plant, as a stem or branch; shoot
- a new growth from a bud, rootstock, germinating seed, etc.
- such a growth from the germinating seed of any of various plants, as alfalfa or mung beans, eaten as a vegetable, as in salads or Asian dishes
- something like or suggestive of a sprout, as an offshoot or young person
- [pl.] Brussels sprouts
Origin of sproutME sprute < the v.