From Middle English ofspring, from Old English ofspring (“offspring, descendants, posterity”), equivalent to off- + spring. Compare Icelandic afspringur (“offspring”). More at off, spring.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɒfspɹɪŋ/
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- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɔfspɹɪŋ/, /ˈɑfspɹɪŋ/, enPR: äfʹsprĭng
- Rhymes: -ɒfspɹɪŋ, -ɔfspɹɪŋ, -ɑfspɹɪŋ
offspring (plural offspring or offsprings)
- A person's daughter(s) and/or son(s); a person's children.
- All of a person's descendants, including further generations.
- An animal or plant's progeny or young.
- 2013 May-June, Katrina G. Claw, “Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3:
- In plants, the ability to recognize self from nonself plays an important role in fertilization, because self-fertilization will result in less diverse offspring than fertilization with pollen from another individual.
- (figuratively) Anything produced; the result of an entity's efforts.
- Artists often treasure their works as their immortal offspring.
- (computing) A process launched by another process.
- The plural offsprings is mainly used for the computing sense.
- (daughter(s) and/or son(s)): baby/babies, child/children, fruit of one's loins, issue (plural only), get, kid/kids
- (all descendants): binary clone, descendants, fruit of one's loins, get, lineage, progeny, seed
- (daughter(s) and/or son(s)): genitor (rare), parent, progenitor, father (male), mother (female)
- (descendants): ancestors, forbears/forebears, forefathers
singular offspring (male, female or sex unspecified)
plural or collective offspring (only males, only females, both sexes or sex unspecified)
singular offspring, animal's or plant's progeny
plural or collective offspring, animal's or plant's progeny
computing: process launched by another process
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