verb (used without object)
- to begin to grow; shoot forth, as a plant from a seed.
- (of a seed or plant) to put forth buds or shoots.
- to develop or grow quickly: a boy awkwardly sprouting into manhood.
verb (used with object)
- to cause to sprout.
- to remove sprouts from: Sprout and boil the potatoes.
- a shoot of a plant.
- a new growth from a germinating seed, or from a rootstock, tuber, bud, or the like.
- something resembling or suggesting a sprout, as in growth.
- a young person; youth.
- the young shoots of alfalfa, soybeans, etc., eaten as a raw vegetable.
- Brussels sprout.
- (of a plant, seed, etc) to produce (new leaves, shoots, etc)
- (intr often foll by up) to begin to grow or developnew office blocks are sprouting up all over the city
- a newly grown shoot or bud
- something that grows like a sprout
- 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.)).