See also: Sprout


Sprouts on onions
A mother and her sprout
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From Middle English spruten, from Old English sprūtan, from Proto-Germanic *spreutaną. Doublet of spruit.



sprout (plural sprouts)

  1. A new growth on a plant, whether from seed or other parts.
  2. A child.
    Oh my, how your sprouts have grown!
  3. A Brussels sprout.
    In our family we eat sprouts but once a year, on Christmas.
  4. A bean sprout.
  5. An edible germinated seed.



sprout (third-person singular simple present sprouts, present participle sprouting, simple past and past participle sprouted)

  1. (horticulture, intransitive) To grow from seed; to germinate.
    The crocuses should be sprouting after 2 months, provided they're well tended.
  2. (transitive) To cause to grow from a seed.
    I sprouted beans and radishes and put them in my salad.
  3. (transitive) To deprive of sprouts.
    to sprout potatoes
  4. (intransitive) To emerge from the ground as sprouts.
  5. (figuratively, intransitive) To emerge haphazardly from a surface.
    Whiskers sprouted from the old man's chin.
  6. (figuratively, 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.


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