sprit

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English sprēot (pole, pike, spear), from Proto-Germanic *sprut-. Compare Dutch spriet (a sprout).

Noun[edit]

sprit (plural sprits)

  1. (nautical) A spar between mast and upper outer corner of a spritsail on sailing boats.
    • 1899, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, ch 1:
      ... and in the luminous space the tanned sails of the barges drifting up with the tide seemed to stand still in red clusters of canvas sharply peaked, with gleams of varnished sprits.
  2. A shoot; a sprout.
    • 1707, J[ohn] Mortimer, The Whole Art of Husbandry; or, The Way of Managing and Improving of Land. [], 2nd edition, London: [] J[ohn] H[umphreys] for H[enry] Mortlock [], and J[onathan] Robinson [], published 1708, OCLC 13320837:
      the Maltſter will ſtir his Barley Couches till the Sprit begins to fork , five or ſix times a day or more ; it being always his Care to keep them from drying too much on the outſides
Hyponyms[edit]
  • (supporting spar in spritsail rig): bowsprit
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Verb[edit]

sprit (third-person singular simple present sprits, present participle spritting, simple past and past participle spritted)

  1. To sprout; to bud; to germinate, as barley steeped for malt.

Etymology 2[edit]

Akin to German spritzen.

Verb[edit]

sprit (third-person singular simple present sprits, present participle spritting, simple past and past participle spritted)

  1. To throw out with force from a narrow orifice; to eject; to spurt out.

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Via French esprit from Latin spīritus (breath, spirit).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

sprit c (singular definite spritten, not used in plural form)

  1. spirits
  2. hand gel

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin spiritus, via French esprit

Noun[edit]

sprit m (definite singular spriten)

  1. alcohol
  2. spirit (spirits)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin spiritus, via French esprit

Noun[edit]

sprit m (definite singular spriten)

  1. alcohol
  2. spirit (spirits)

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French ésprit (compare English sprite), from Old French esprit, from Latin spiritus (air, breath).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /spriːt/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

sprit c (uncountable)

  1. spirits; liquor
  2. alcohol in general, chiefly as a solvent

Declension[edit]

Declension of sprit 
Uncountable
Indefinite Definite
Nominative sprit spriten
Genitive sprits spritens

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