- 1A small stem bearing leaves or flowers, taken from a 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.
- 2.1 • 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.
verb (sprigs, sprigging, sprigged)Back to top
- 2 (as adjective sprigged) (Chiefly of fabric or paper) decorated with a design of sprigs of leaves or flowers: a sprigged cotton dressMore example sentences
- It's easy to believe, as he stands there in his sprigged cotton shirt with his frightfully upper-class teeth; he's the sort of chap who would always do the right thing.
- Dmitri placed a kiss on the top of her head and stepped back to watch as she pulled on the chemise and then a light blue sprigged muslin dress.
- I remind myself of this on each of the seven occasions I wake up, staring at the sprigged floral canopy of my four-poster bed, calculating how much longer I have to lie here.
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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.