What does offspring mean?

Definitions for offspring
ˈɔfˌsprɪŋ, ˈɒf-off·spring

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. offspring, progeny, issuenoun

    the immediate descendants of a person

    "she was the mother of many offspring"; "he died without issue"

  2. offspring, materialization, materialisationnoun

    something that comes into existence as a result

    "industrialism prepared the way for acceptance of the French Revolution's various socialistic offspring"; "this skyscraper is the solid materialization of his efforts"

  3. young, offspringnoun

    any immature animal


  1. offspringnoun

    A person's daughter(s) and/or son(s)

  2. offspringnoun

    All a person's descendants, including further generations

  3. offspringnoun

    An animal or plant's progeny, known as young

  4. offspringnoun

    Another produce, result of an entity's efforts

    Artists often treasure their works as their immortal offspring

  5. offspringnoun

    A process launched by another process

  6. Etymology: From ofspring, from ofspring, equivalent to. Compare afspringr. More at off, spring.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Offspringnoun

    Etymology: off and spring.

    All things coveting to be like unto God in being ever, that which cannot hereunto attain personally, doth seem to continue itself by offspring and propagation. Richard Hooker.

    When the fountain of mankind
    Did draw corruption, and God’s curse, by sin;
    This was a charge, that all his heirs did bind,
    And all his offspring grew corrupt therein. Davies.

    To the Gods alone
    Our future offspring, and our wives are known. Dryd.

    His principal actor is the son of a goddess, not to mention the offspring of other deities. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Tho’ both fell before their hour,
    Time on their offspring hath no pow’r;
    Nor fire nor fate their bays shall blast,
    Nor death’s dark vail their days o’ercast. John Denham.


  1. offspring

    Offspring refers to the product of reproduction; a new organism produced by one or more parents. It can represent the young born of living organisms, produced either by a single parent or two parents through sexual reproduction. In a broad context, it could include children, kids, babies, young animals, or young plants.


  1. Offspring

    In biology, offspring is the product of reproduction, of a new organism produced by one or more parents. Collective offspring may be known as a brood or progeny in a more general way. This can refer to a set of simultaneous offspring, such as the chicks hatched from one clutch of eggs, or to all the offspring, as with the honeybee. Human offspring are referred to as children; male children are sons and female children are daughters. See kinship and descent. Offspring can occur after mating or after Artificial Insemination

Editors Contribution

  1. offspring

    A male or female person or animal.

    Their offspring were loving and calm.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

  2. offspring

    A person or animal created with sperm and ovum.

    The offspring were created in a beautiful way.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 24, 2020  

  3. offspringnoun

    This term is used literally or metaphorically to refer to plants or grain, sowing or harvest, male reproductive seed, human children or physical descendants, and also to spiritual children are to Christ.

    Christ is the first spiritual offspring of God.

    Etymology: Flowers from seeds

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on September 5, 2023  

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'offspring' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3707

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of offspring in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of offspring in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of offspring in a Sentence

  1. Cervantes:

    No fathers and mothers think their own children ugly, and this self-deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.

  2. Terrisa Bukovinac:

    Rep. Pressleys attempt to paint a truly life-saving amendment, one designed specifically to protect black, brown, and underprivileged people from being coerced by the state into choosing abortion, is severely problematic, the Hyde amendment has saved more than 2 million lives that are disproportionately black and brown. Suggesting that these people are better off dead is itself an expression of the white supremacist ideals that gave birth to the abortion industry in the first place! The American people deserve better than state sanctioned violence against their own offspring and the majority of Democrats agree. Taking a position against Hyde is a losing one.

  3. Doug Bairner:

    Matching livestock online is even easier than it is to match humans because there's a huge amount of data that sits behind these wonderful animals that predicts what their offspring will be.

  4. Rod Mitchell:

    This study is particularly neat because it takes advantage of errors that are known to occur during culture of XY cells, which lead to loss of the Y chromosome and subsequent gain of a second X chromosome, resulting in XX cells that are capable of generating live offspring.

  5. Kahlil Gibran:

    It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.

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  • سلالة, ذريةArabic
  • нәҫел, балаBashkir
  • потомъкBulgarian
  • potomstvoCzech
  • Nachkommenschaft, Sprösslinge, Nachfahren, Nachkommen, Nachwuchs, Nachkommin, Tochter, Kind, Sohn, Abkömmlinge, Nachkomme, Hinterlassenschaft, Sprössling, Nachfahrinnen, NachkomminnenGerman
  • τέκνο, παιδίGreek
  • idaro, ido, filino, filoEsperanto
  • progenieSpanish
  • lapsi, jälkeläinen, aikaansaannos, jälkikasvuFinnish
  • enfants, progéniture, enfant, descendance, enfanceFrench
  • clannIrish
  • clann, àil, sliochd, àlScottish Gaelic
  • զավակArmenian
  • figlia, discendenti, discendente, figlioItalian
  • צHebrew
  • Japanese
  • 자녀Korean
  • fetusLatin
  • nakomelingschap, kinderen, nakomelingen, afstammeling, nazaat, kind, kinders, voortbrengst, nageslacht, nageslachten, productie, nakomeling, afstammelingenDutch
  • etterkommarar, avkom, barn, etterkomar, ætling, ætting, etterkomarar, etterkommarNorwegian Nynorsk
  • barn, ættinger, avkom, ætlinger, etterkommer, ætting, ætling, etterkommereNorwegian
  • potomstwo, potomekPolish
  • filho, descendência, rebento, filhaPortuguese
  • отпрыск, потомство, потомокRussian
  • pòtōmstvo, pòtomakSerbo-Croatian
  • potomstvo, potomekSlovak
  • avkommor, avkomma, avkomling, avkomlingar, ättling, ättlingarSwedish
  • çocuk, evlatTurkish
  • con cháuVietnamese
  • 子孫Chinese

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