There are 2 main definitions of sprig in English:

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sprig1

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Pronunciation: /sprɪɡ
 
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noun

1A small stem bearing leaves or flowers, taken from a plant: a sprig of holly
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  • 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.
Synonyms
small stem, spray, twig, branch
rare branchlet
2A descendant or younger member of a family or social class: a sprig of the French nobility
2.1 archaic , chiefly derogatory A young man.
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.
3A small moulded decoration applied to a piece of pottery before firing.

verb (sprigs, sprigging, sprigged)

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2 (as adjective sprigged) (Chiefly of fabric or paper) decorated with a design of sprigs of leaves or flowers: a sprigged cotton dress
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  • 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.

Origin

Middle English: from or related to Low German sprick.

Derivatives

spriggy

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adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with sprig

big, brig, dig, fig, frig, gig, grig, jig, lig, pig, prig, rig, snig, swig, tig, trig, twig, Whig, wig

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sprig2

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Pronunciation: /sprɪɡ
 
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noun

1A small tapering tack with no head, used chiefly to hold glass in a window frame until the putty dries.
2 (usually sprigs) Australian /NZ A stud on the sole of a shoe or boot.

Origin

Middle English: of unknown origin.

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