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sprout

[sprout] /spraʊt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to begin to grow; shoot forth, as a plant from a seed.
2.
(of a seed or plant) to put forth buds or shoots.
3.
to develop or grow quickly:
a boy awkwardly sprouting into manhood.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause to sprout.
5.
to remove sprouts from:
Sprout and boil the potatoes.
noun
6.
a shoot of a plant.
7.
a new growth from a germinating seed, or from a rootstock, tuber, bud, or the like.
8.
something resembling or suggesting a sprout, as in growth.
9.
a young person; youth.
10.
sprouts.
  1. the young shoots of alfalfa, soybeans, etc., eaten as a raw vegetable.
  2. Brussels sprout.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; (v.) Middle English spr(o)uten, Old English -sprūtan, in āsproten (past participle; see a-3); cognate with Middle Dutch sprūten, German spriessen to sprout; akin to Greek speírein to scatter; (noun) Middle English; compare Middle Dutch, Middle Low German sprute
Related forms
nonsprouting, adjective
resprout, verb
undersprout, noun
undersprout, verb (used without object)
unsprouted, adjective
unsprouting, adjective
Synonyms
1. spring, bud, burgeon, develop.
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Examples for sprout
  • Designed to sprout into an uncontrollable forest of destruction.
  • A commonly used alternative form is brussel sprout, whose plural is brussel sprouts.
British Dictionary definitions for sprout

sprout

/spraʊt/
verb
1.
(of a plant, seed, etc) to produce (new leaves, shoots, etc)
2.
(intransitive) often foll by up. to begin to grow or develop new office blocks are sprouting up all over the city
noun
3.
a newly grown shoot or bud
4.
something that grows like a sprout
Word Origin
Old English sprūtan; related to Middle High German sprūzen to sprout, Lettish sprausties to jostle
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Word Origin and History for sprout
sprout
O.E. -sprutan (in asprutan "to sprout"), from P.Gmc. *spreutanan (cf. O.S. sprutan, O.Fris. spruta, M.Du. spruten, O.H.G. spriozan, Ger. spreissen "to sprout"), from PIE base *sper- "to strew" (cf. Gk. speirein "to scatter," spora "a scattering, sowing," sperma "sperm, seed," lit. "that which is scattered;" O.E. spreawlian "to sprawl," -sprædan "to spread," spreot "pole;" Armenian sprem "scatter;" O.Lith. sprainas "staring;" Lett. spriezu "I span, I measure"). The noun is attested from c.1300.
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Slang definitions & phrases for sprout

sprout

noun

A child, esp an infant: A girl out your way has married and is coming home with a sprout (1934+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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