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From Middle English sprig, sprigge, of uncertain origin. Compare dialectal English sprag (“sprig, twig”), Old English spræc (“a shoot”), German Low German Spricke, Sprick (“dry branch, twig”).
sprig (plural sprigs)
- A small shoot or twig of a tree or other plant; a spray.
- a sprig of laurel or of parsley
- An ornament resembling a small shoot or twig.
- One of the separate pieces of lace fastened on a ground in applique lace.
- (humorous, sometimes mildly derogatory) A youth; a lad.
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- a sprig whom I remember, with a whey-face and a satchel, not so many years ago
- A brad, or nail without a head.
- A small eyebolt ragged or barbed at the point.
- A house sparrow.
small shoot or twig
small eyebolt ragged or barbed at the point
house sparrow — see house sparrow
sprig (third-person singular simple present sprigs, present participle sprigging, simple past and past participle sprigged)
- To decorate with sprigs, or with representations of sprigs, as in embroidery or pottery.
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