verb (used without object)

  1. to begin to grow; shoot forth, as a plant from a seed.
  2. (of a seed or plant) to put forth buds or shoots.
  3. to develop or grow quickly: a boy awkwardly sprouting into manhood.

verb (used with object)

  1. to cause to sprout.
  2. to remove sprouts from: Sprout and boil the potatoes.


  1. a shoot of a plant.
  2. a new growth from a germinating seed, or from a rootstock, tuber, bud, or the like.
  3. something resembling or suggesting a sprout, as in growth.
  4. a young person; youth.
  5. sprouts,
    1. the young shoots of alfalfa, soybeans, etc., eaten as a raw vegetable.
    2. Brussels sprout.


  1. (of a plant, seed, etc) to produce (new leaves, shoots, etc)
  2. (intr often foll by up) to begin to grow or developnew office blocks are sprouting up all over the city


  1. a newly grown shoot or bud
  2. something that grows like a sprout
  3. See Brussels sprout

Old English -sprutan (in asprutan “to sprout”), from Proto-Germanic *spreutanan (cf. Old Saxon sprutan, Old Frisian spruta, Middle Dutch spruten, Old High German spriozan, German sprießen “to sprout”), from PIE root *sper- “to strew” (cf. Greek speirein “to scatter,” spora “a scattering, sowing,” sperma “sperm, seed,” literally “that which is scattered;” Old English spreawlian “to sprawl,” -sprædan “to spread,” spreot “pole;” Armenian sprem “scatter;” Old Lithuanian sprainas “staring;” Lettish spriezu “I span, I measure”). Related: Sprouted; sprouting.


“shoot of a plant, sprout; a twig,” Old English sprota (see sprout (v.)).

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