- The definition of a sprout is a new growth of a plant.
When a plant grows a new branch and bud, this is an example of a sprout.
- To sprout means to grow.
When you begin to grow gray hairs, this is an example of a situation where you sprout gray hairs.
- 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.
verbsprout·ed, sprout·ing, sprouts
- To begin to grow; give off shoots or buds.
- To emerge and develop rapidly: businesses that sprouted along the highway.
- Young plant growth, such as a bud or shoot.
- Something resembling or suggestive of a sprout, as in rapid growth: “a tall blond sprout of a boy” ( Anne Tyler )
- sprouts a. The young shoots of plants such as alfalfa and soybean, usually eaten raw.b. Brussels sprouts.
Origin of sproutMiddle English spruten from Old English -sprūtan ( in āsprūtan to sprout forth ); see sper- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present sprouts, present participle sprouting, simple past and past participle sprouted)