Definition of offspring in English:


Syllabification: off·spring
Pronunciation: /ˈôfˌspriNG
, ˈäfˌspriNG

noun (plural same)

1A person’s child or children: the offspring of middle-class parents
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  • 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; Lawissue
informal kids
derogatory spawn
archaic fruit of one's loins
1.1An animal’s young.
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  • 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
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  • 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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