Definitions of sprout

  1. a newly grown bud ( especially from a germinating seed)
  2. grow sprouts, of a plant
  3. put forth and grow sprouts or shoots; " the plant sprouted early this year"
  4. produce buds, branches, or germinate; " the potatoes sprouted"
  5. To shoot, as the seed of a plant; to germinate; to push out new shoots; hence, to grow like shoots of plants.
  6. To shoot into ramifications.
  7. To cause to sprout; as, the rain will sprout the seed.
  8. To deprive of sprouts; as, to sprout potatoes.
  9. 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.
  10. Young coleworts; Brussels sprouts.
  11. To begin to grow; put forth shoots, as the seed of a plant.
  12. To cause to put forth shoots and begin to grow.
  13. A shoot; bud.
  14. A germ or young shoot:- pl. young shoots from old cabbages.
  15. To shoot: to push out new shoots.
  16. A young shoot.
  17. To put forth sprouts; germinate.
  18. To put forth, as a sprout.
  19. To cause to put forth shoots.
  20. To develop shoots.
  21. To grow.
  22. A new shoot or bud on a plant.
  23. The young colewort.
  24. The shoot of a plant.
  25. To shoot, as the seed of a plant; to germinate; to shoot into ramifications; to grow, like shoots of plants.
  26. To bud or germinate; to grow like buds or shoots of plants.
  27. The shoot or bud of a plant.

Usage examples for sprout

  1. However, I suppose most quarrels sprout from tiny seeds. – Flowing Gold by Rex Beach
  2. A feeble germ of fatherly pride began to sprout beneath the soil upon which the child's intelligent reading fell like a warm, spring rain. – The Madigans by Miriam Michelson
  3. Grass had already begun to sprout there from the ruins during the last year in which all signs of human life had vanished. – War by Pierre Loti
  4. If I was Jase I wouldn't sprout a single old potato for her. – The Ranch at the Wolverine by B. M. Bower
  5. The speaker paused, as if waiting for her words to take root and sprout in his comprehension, but he said nothing- only sat staring at her, as if trying to divine her subtle drift. – Dixie Hart by Will N. Harben
  6. After a time they will begin to sprout, after a longer time to cover the barren earth with grain, after a still longer time to yield a harvest. – The Heart of the New Thought by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  7. It exists as long as we exist; and if dormant for a time, under the pressure of circumstances, it merely lies, in the moral system, like the acorn, or the chestnut, in the ground, waiting its time and season to sprout, and bud, and blossom. – Jack Tier or The Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper
  8. The bravest he of the Roanokes, A leader, before his years Were the years of a full- grown man; A warrior, when his strength Was less than a warrior's need; But, when his limbs were grown, And he stood erect and tall, Who could bend the sprout of the oak Of which his bow was made? – Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 3 (of 3) by James Athearn Jones
  9. Hence here, too, the Sprout will in that sense only be the Lord's, that he does not sprout forth out of Him, but through Him. – Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2 by Ernst Hengstenberg
  10. He knew that the seed had been planted in the Marshal's fertile brain, that it would thrive in the night and sprout on the morrow. – Anderson Crow, Detective by George Barr McCutcheon
  11. Their heads remain firmly supported by the bush- rope; many of their roots soon refix themselves in the earth, and frequently a strong shoot will sprout out perpendicularly from near the root of the reclined trunk, and in time become a fine tree. – Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton
  12. No, one could never imagine the ferocious ideas which may sprout from the depths of a drunkard's brain. – L'Assommoir by Emile Zola
  13. I was just as tall as that candlestick when I came over from Asia; every day I used to measure myself by it, and I would smear my lips with oil so my beard would sprout all the sooner. – The Satyricon, Complete by Petronius Arbiter
  14. In sheltered regions the seeds of trees may fall, sprout and take root close to their parent trees. – The School Book of Forestry by Charles Lathrop Pack
  15. " I have lived for two hundred years," said the Oak, " and the Oakling which will sprout from that acorn will live just as long." – Fables for Children, Stories for Children, Natural Science Stories, Popular Education, Decembrists, Moral Tales by Leo Tolstoy
  16. The tree of Liberty, that had been cut down, did sprout again. – The Freedmen's Book by Lydia Maria Child
  17. Then place it, for a week or ten days, in a shallow dish, in which a little water is constantly kept, and as the sponge will absorb the moisture, the seeds will begin to sprout before many days. – Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad by Various
  18. I really cared nothing about them, for I understood I was such a small potato I wouldn't be noticed for seed, and there seemed poor prospects for me to ever sprout into anything that would attract attention enough to draw a handful of paris green and plaster. – Cupid's Middleman by Edward B. Lent
  19. A long sprout is liable to be broken off in sowing, or killed by cold, after it is in the ground. – Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce by E. R. Billings