Definition of offspring in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɒfsprɪŋ/

noun (plural same)

1A person’s child or children: the offspring of middle-class parents
More example sentences
  • Parents expect too much from their offspring and the children are unable to meet it.
  • However, to avoid paying strangers to look after their offspring, should parents be forced to ask such a task of their own parents?
  • Leaving a small child at day care can be a traumatic experience for both the parents and their offspring.
children, sons and daughters, progeny, family, youngsters, babies, brood;
descendants, heirs, successors, scions;
young, litter, fry;
Law  issue
informal kids, quiverful
derogatory spawn
archaic seed, fruit, fruit of one's loins
child, baby, infant, son, daughter, youngster, little one, tot, tiny tot;
descendant, heir, successor;
Scottish & Northern English  bairn, wean;
West Indian  pickney
informal kid, kiddie, kiddiewink, nipper, brat, lad, shaver, munchkin, tiny, chick
British informal sprog
South African informal outjie, lighty
literary babe
1.1An animal’s young.
Example sentences
  • The young bird is the offspring of the well-known pair of black eagles that nests in the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden.
  • When fully grown up, the offspring of birds and animals abandon their parents, and carve out a world of their own.
  • The first offspring of the animal is passed on to a neighbouring poor family, so that the benefit is multiplied each year.
1.2The product or result of something: German nationalism was the offspring of military ambition
More example sentences
  • Humourless and heavy-hearted love only produces hate as its offspring.
  • Indeed, 100 years of germ theory has spawned impressive germ-fighting offspring.


Old English ofspring (see off, spring).

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