See also: Sprout
From Middle English sproute, either from Middle English sprouten (“to sprout”) (see below); or from Middle Dutch sprute or Middle Low German sprûte (“sprout”). Doublet of spruit.
sprout (plural sprouts)
- A new growth on a plant, whether from seed or other parts.
- A child.
- Oh my, how your sprouts have grown!
- A Brussels sprout.
- In our family we eat sprouts but once a year, on Christmas.
- A bean sprout.
- An edible germinated seed.
new growth on a plant
Brussels sprout — see Brussels sprout
edible germinated seed
From Middle English sprouten, spruten, from Old English sprūtan, from Proto-West Germanic *spreutan, from Proto-Germanic *spreutaną.
sprout (third-person singular simple present sprouts, present participle sprouting, simple past and past participle sprouted)
- (horticulture, intransitive) To grow from seed; to germinate.
- The crocuses should be sprouting after 2 months, provided they're well tended.
- (transitive) To cause to grow from a seed.
- I sprouted beans and radishes and put them in my salad.
- (transitive) To deprive of sprouts.
- to sprout potatoes
- (intransitive) To emerge from the ground as sprouts.
- (figurative, intransitive) To emerge haphazardly from a surface.
- Whiskers sprouted from the old man's chin.
- (figurative, intransitive) To emerge or appear haphazardly
- A lot of coffee shops have sprouted up in this neighbourhood since the block of flats was put up.
- ackerspyre (Chester)
to grow, to germinate
to cause to grow from a seed
to emerge from the soil as sprouts
to emerge from a surface
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