- 1A small stem bearing leaves or flowers, taken from a bush or plant: a sprig of hollyMore example sentences
- To remove a leaf from its sprig, Patten grasped it gently by the stalk and pulled it back towards the branch of the limb to prevent tree damage.
- In 1984 Depue planted a dozen sprigs at Jacob's Fork, a mined mountain that had lain dormant for 20 years in McDowell County.
- By the time they leave, they've planted more than 300 sprigs.
- 1.2 • archaic , chiefly • derogatory A young man.More example sentences
- At the shire-hall new-year celebrations, 15-year-old Ruth Hilton catches the eye of a 23-year-old sprig of the gentry.
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- Applied to almost anything spriggy and floral, it supposedly encapsulated everything that is fussy and backward-looking about British style.
- In my mind's eye, it's this dark green, spriggy looking thing.
- And when it is cooked, the oil will form small spriggy islands with streams of wine and tomato.
Middle English: from or related to Low German sprick.