• WordNet 3.6
    • n sprig an ornament that resembles a spray of leaves or flowers
    • n sprig a small branch or division of a branch (especially a terminal division); usually applied to branches of the current or preceding year
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first place winners at the first modern Olympics were awarded an olive branch and a silver medal. The runners-up received laurel sprigs and copper medals.
    • Sprig A brad, or nail without a head.
    • Sprig (Naut) A small eyebolt ragged or barbed at the point.
    • Sprig A small shoot or twig of a tree or other plant; a spray; as, a sprig of laurel or of parsley.
    • Sprig A youth; a lad; -- used humorously or in slight disparagement. "A sprig whom I remember, with a whey-face and a satchel, not so many years ago."
    • v. t Sprig To mark or adorn with the representation of small branches; to work with sprigs; as, to sprig muslin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sprig A sprout; a shoot: a small branch; a spray, as of a tree or plant.
    • n sprig An offshoot from a human stock; a young person; a scion; a slip: often implying slight disparagement or contempt.
    • n sprig An ornament or a design in the form of a spray; especially, such a design stamped, woven, or embroidered on a textile fabric.
    • n sprig A kind of spike.
    • n sprig See the quotation.
    • n sprig A small brad or nail without a head.
    • n sprig A small wedge-shaped piece, usually of tinplate, used to hold the glass in a wooden sash until the putty can be applied and has time to harden.
    • n sprig In lace-making, one of the separate pieces of lace, usually pillow-made lace, which are fastened upon a net ground or réseau in all kinds of application-lace. They are generally in the form of flowers and leaves (whence the name).
    • n sprig The sprigtail or pintail duck, Dafila acuta.
    • n sprig Nautical, a small eye-bolt ragged at the point.
    • sprig To decorate with sprigs, as pottery or textile fabrics.
    • sprig To form into a sprig or sprigs.
    • sprig To drive sprigs into.
    • n sprig The sparrow, Passer domesticus.
    • sprig Spruce; smart.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sprig sprig a small shoot or twig: a scion, a young person: an ornament like a spray: one of various small pointed implements, a headless nail: one of the separate pieces of lace fastened on a ground in appliqué lace
    • v.t Sprig to embroider with representations of twigs:—pr.p. sprig′ging; pa.t. and pa.p. sprigged
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. sprec,; akin to Icel. sprek, a stick. Cf. Spray a branch


In literature:

GERMINAL (sprig), due to something present in the germ-cell.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
Cap'n Moseby went to the dresser and got out a large china bowl with green sprigs on it, and a pewter spoon.
"Young Lucretia and Other Stories" by Mary E. Wilkins
Garnish with sprigs of fried parsley and serve.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
He wears a sprig of mistletoe or holly in Staves 1 and 2.
"The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays" by Walter Ben Hare
And there were boughs of holly spread over the floor whereof the cattle had browsed the sprigs.
"The Mabinogion Vol. 1 (of 3)"
MISRULE, in a velvet cap, with a sprig, a short cloak, great yellow ruff, his torch-bearer bearing a rope, a cheese, and a basket.
"A Righte Merrie Christmasse" by John Ashton
Not a sprig of holly anywhere!
"Peace on Earth, Good-will to Dogs" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
The party of young people seek an even-leaved sprig of ash.
"The Book of Hallowe'en" by Ruth Edna Kelley
Gothon had placed a little wooden cross and a sprig of consecrated box on the cover.
"The Man With The Broken Ear" by Edmond About
Three sprigs of a light bush set in a triangle.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
She was a very good girl, master, and as pretty as a sprig of almond blossom.
"The Daffodil Mystery" by Edgar Wallace
There the air was fragrant with the scent of a sprig of honeysuckle that lay yet unwithered in the window.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
Perkins chewed a sprig of dried lavender, and kept silence.
"All's Well" by Emily Sarah Holt
The lad who fixed the sprig of holly on the stairs knew it; my reporter's note-book bore witness to it.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
When did you make the acquaintance of the young sprig o' the nobility who's been here this afternoon?
"The 'Mind the Paint' Girl" by Arthur Pinero
Set them on to us, you blasted young sprig!
"Two Sides of the Face" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
There was a sprig of green mint standing sentry in each.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
Then he took a piece of the root and a sprig and flew back to show the King.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
Meanwhile what strange sprigs of nobility flourish in the local soil here.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
In it, under sprigged muslin curtains, stood two beds with down pillows, coverlets and counterpanes.
"The Gods are Athirst" by Anatole France

In poetry:

There stands upon the thirteenth shield
A sprig of the mournful yew;
That’s borne by Harrald Griskeson;
And he’s a comrade true.
"The Tournament (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
Then to the Harvest Ball I'll hie,
And I will wear a flower-sprigged vest;
For Maggie has nut-brown eyes,
And we will foot it with the best.
"The Widower" by Robert W Service
White petals of the virgin snow,
With sprigs of ivy here and there,
They deck the forest monarch's brow,
While breezes whistle through his hair.
"Waiting Their Crowns" by Folger McKinsey
As sings the pine-tree in the wind,
So sings in the wind a sprig of the pine;
Her strength and soul has laughing France
Shed in each drop of wine.
"Quatrains" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Each morning he went to his garden, to cull
A bunch of zenana or sprig of bul-bul,
And offered the bouquet, in exquisite bloom,
To BACKSHEESH, the daughter of RAHAT LAKOUM.
"Brave Alum Bey" by William Schwenck Gilbert
While strains like these beguile a wand'rer's care,
And fancy's smile unfetters fortune's frown,
Oft will reflection doubt with anxious air
If e'er one sprig this wand'rer's head shall crown.
"To Robert Graham, Esq. Of Gartmore" by Hector MacNeill

In news:

1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, sprigs reserved.
" Sprig " Goss, 55, Altoona, died peacefully Saturday at her residence.
Sprig came out of Casa de Campo lake 20 seconds behind the lead group but caught up on the cycle leg.
Q&A: Melissa and Brent Jenkins of Sprig .
Sprig expects to start delivering in June.
Varietal purity is completely dependent on the source of sprigs and the supplier's word.
A founders friendship and a ' sprig of grass'.
Sprigs fresh tarragon or 1 Tbsp.
There's nothing like some fire-red holly sprigs to add natural zing to holiday decorations.
A few sprigs of fresh mint, leaves picked and finely chopped.
Small thyme sprig and thin slice of green apple.
Add a sprig of mint to your drink.
3 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped.
8-10 sprigs cilantro (coriander leaf) fresh.
Garnish with a mint sprig.