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Friday, January 06, 2012

Definitions for sprat

  1. A small or inconsequential person or thing.
  2. A species of herring, Clupea sprattus, of the eastern North Atlantic.

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Citations for sprat
How'd you get yourself into this, sprat, Bustard wanted to know. Gene Wolfe, Epiphany of the Long Sun
Edgerton was cursing, but Mr. Bullock just shook his head. "No, sir, don't say such things in front of the little sprat…" Catherine Coulter, Deception
Origin of sprat
Sprat is a variation of the Old English word sprot which meant "a sprout or twig." Its most common usage is in the nursery rhyme "Jack Sprat."