noun (plural same)
- 1A person’s child or children: the offspring of middle-class parentsMore example sentences
children, sons and daughters, progeny, family, youngsters, babies, brood; descendants, heirs, successors, scions; young, litter, fry; Law issue• derogatory spawn• archaic seed, fruit, fruit of one's loinschild, baby, infant, son, daughter, youngster, little one, tot, tiny tot; descendant, heir, successor; Scottish & Northern English bairn, wean• black English pickneyBritish • informal sprog• literary babe
- 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.
- 1.1An animal’s young.More 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 ambitionMore 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.