What does sprout mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sproutnoun

    any new growth of a plant such as a new branch or a bud

  2. sproutverb

    a newly grown bud (especially from a germinating seed)

  3. shoot, spud, germinate, pullulate, bourgeon, burgeon forth, sproutverb

    produce buds, branches, or germinate

    "the potatoes sprouted"

  4. sprout, stockverb

    put forth and grow sprouts or shoots

    "the plant sprouted early this year"


  1. sproutnoun

    A new growth on a plant, whether from seed or other parts.

  2. sproutnoun

    A child.

  3. sproutnoun

    A Brussels sprout.

  4. sproutnoun

    An edible germinated seed.

  5. sproutverb

    To grow, where the initial state is a seed; to germinate.

  6. sproutverb

    To cause to grow from a seed.

    I sprouted beans and radishes and put them in my salad.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sproutnoun

    A shoot of a vegetable.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Stumps of trees, lying out of the ground, will put forth sprouts for a time. Francis Bacon.

    Early ere the odorous breath of morn
    Awakes the slumbering leaves, or tassel’d horn
    Shakes the high thicket, haste I all about,
    Number my ranks, and visit every sprout. John Milton.

    To this kid, taken out of the womb, were brought in the tender sprouts of shrubs; and, after it had tasted, began to eat of such as are the usual food of goats. John Ray, on the Creation.

  2. To Sproutverb

    Etymology: spryttan , Saxon; spruyten, Dutch.

    Try whether these things in the sprouting do increase weight, by weighing them before they are hanged up; and afterwards again, when they are sprouted. Francis Bacon.

    That leaf faded, but the young buds sprouted on, which afterwards opened into fair leaves. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    We find no security to prevent germination, having made trial of grains, whose ends, cut off, have notwithstanding sprouted. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Old Baucis is by old Philemon seen
    Sprouting with sudden leaves of sprightly green. Dryden.

    Hence sprouting plants enrich the plain and wood:
    For physick some, and some design’d for food. Richard Blackmore.

    Envy’d Britannia, sturdy as the oak
    Which on her mountain top she proudly bears,
    Eludes the ax, and sprouts against the stroke,
    Strong from her wounds, and greater by her wars. Matthew Prior.

    Rub malt between your hands to get the come or sprouting clean away. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    Vitriol is apt to sprout with moisture. Francis Bacon.

    Th’ enliv’ning dust its head begins to rear,
    And on the ashes sprouting plumes appear. Thomas Tickell.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sproutverb

    to shoot, as the seed of a plant; to germinate; to push out new shoots; hence, to grow like shoots of plants

  2. Sproutverb

    to shoot into ramifications

  3. Sproutverb

    to cause to sprout; as, the rain will sprout the seed

  4. Sproutverb

    to deprive of sprouts; as, to sprout potatoes

  5. Sproutverb

    the shoot of a plant; a shoot from the seed, from the stump, or from the root or tuber, of a plant or tree; more rarely, a shoot from the stem of a plant, or the end of a branch

  6. Sproutverb

    young coleworts; Brussels sprouts

  7. Etymology: [OE. sprouten, spruten; akin to OFries. sprta, AS. spretan, D. spruiten, G. spriessen, Sw. spruta to squirt, to spout. Cf. Sprit, v. t. & i., Sprit a spar, Spout, v. t., Spurt.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sprout

    sprowt, n. a germ or young shoot: (pl.) young shoots from old cabbages.—v.i. to shoot: to push out new shoots.—adj. Sprout′ed, budded.—Brussels sprouts (see Brussels). [According to Skeat, not from A.S. spreótan, nor sprýtan, but from Old Friesic spruta, to sprout, Low Ger. spruten, Dut. spruiten, Ger. spriessen.]


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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sprout is ranked #23002 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sprout surname appeared 1,111 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sprout.

    95.6% or 1,063 total occurrences were White.
    1.3% or 15 total occurrences were Black.
    1.1% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.9% or 11 total occurrences were Asian.

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Anagrams for sprout »

  1. stupor

  2. stroup

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sprout in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sprout in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of sprout in a Sentence

  1. Park Ranger Alan Van Valkenburg:

    There are so many seeds out there, just waiting to sprout, waiting to grow, death Valley really does go from being a valley of death to being a valley of life, but that’s so brief, because it’s not a permanent thing.

  2. Laurie Little:

    Valeant intends to comply with all of its obligations under our agreement with the former shareholders of Sprout, including, as they relate to marketing spend, number of sales reps, and post-marketing studies.

  3. King Jehovah Hohenzollern:

    Life is my seed, I have yet to sprout.

  4. Koran:

    Surely God causes the seed and the stone to sprout He brings forth the living from the dead, and He is the bringer forth of the dead from the living.

  5. Ered Lithui:

    Instead it is possible that volcanoes have continued to sprout or new ones formed long after the original foundation, our restless Earth is never still.

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    any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients
    • A. reciprocal
    • B. concoction
    • C. peccadillo
    • D. serendipity

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