Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To begin to grow; give off shoots or buds.
  • intransitive v. To emerge and develop rapidly.
  • transitive v. To cause to come forth and grow.
  • n. Young plant growth, such as a bud or shoot.
  • n. Something resembling or suggestive of a sprout, as in rapid growth: "a tall blond sprout of a boy” ( Anne Tyler).
  • n. The young shoots of plants such as alfalfa and soybean, usually eaten raw.
  • n. Brussels sprouts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A new growth on a plant, whether from seed or other parts.
  • n. A child.
  • n. A Brussels sprout.
  • n. An edible germinated seed.
  • v. To grow, where the initial state is a seed; to germinate.
  • v. To cause to grow from a seed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. Young coleworts; Brussels sprouts.
  • intransitive v. To shoot, as the seed of a plant; to germinate; to push out new shoots; hence, to grow like shoots of plants.
  • intransitive v. To shoot into ramifications.
  • transitive v. To cause to sprout.
  • transitive v. To deprive of sprouts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To shoot forth, as a bud from a seed or stock; begin to grow; spring: said of a young vegetable growth, or, by extension, of animal growth.
  • To put forth shoots; bear buds.
  • To spring up; grow upward.
  • To spread into ramifications.
  • To produce or afford by sprouting; grow: as, to sprout antlers; to sprout a mustache.
  • To remove sprouts from: as, to sprout potatoes.
  • Specifically, used to designate the action of silver during solidification. The molten silver beneath the thin solid crust forces up the crust with explosive violence and a part of it solidifies in the form of trees or sprouts. This action is attributed to the oxygen absorbed by the silver while above the melting-point, and seeking to escape at the point of solidification of the metal. Also vegetate.
  • n. A shoot of a plant.
  • n. Specifically plural Young coleworts.
  • n. In forestry, a tree which has grown from a stump or root. A shoot is a sprout which has not reached a height of three feet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. produce buds, branches, or germinate
  • n. any new growth of a plant such as a new branch or a bud
  • n. a newly grown bud (especially from a germinating seed)
  • v. put forth and grow sprouts or shoots

Etymologies

Middle English spruten, from Old English -sprūtan (in āsprūtan, to sprout forth); see sper- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • One: eastern redcedar doesn't sprout from a stump like, say, locust.

    Kill Some Trees On Earth Day

  • Crabs, starfish and other deep sea creatures swarm small patches of corals, and tiny sea anemones sprout from the sand like miniature forests across a lunar-like landscape illuminated only by the lights of the sub, otherwise living in a deep, dark environment far from the sun's reach.

    Gulf Corals In Oil Spill Zone Appear Healthy

  • As a writing instructor once told me, “A novel sprout is a very delicate thing and too early or vigorous of a critique can damage it.”

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » Editing: An Enlightened Approach

  • “A novel sprout is a very delicate thing and too early or vigorous of a critique can damage it.”

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » Editing: An Enlightened Approach

  • The ingenious invention of a farm-raised Cali guy, his bro, and his GF, these hybrid ghetto blasters're upcycled from vintage suitcases and sprout from a history of tinkering with music

    Thrillist: BoomCase: Extra Luggage Boom

  • The ingenious invention of a farm-raised Cali guy, his bro, and his GF, these hybrid ghetto blasters re upcycled from vintage suitcases and sprout from a history of tinkering with music

    Thrillist: BoomCase: Extra Luggage Boom

  • The ingenious invention of a farm-raised Cali guy, his bro, and his GF, these hybrid ghetto blasters're upcycled from vintage suitcases and sprout from a history of tinkering with music, a hobby that led to everything from speakered buckets, to audio necklaces, to an an insanely rigged-up military flatbed known as the Temple of Boom, which surprisingly doesn't require a Harrison Cord.

    Thrillist: BoomCase: Extra Luggage Boom

  • Disembodied arches sprout from the sides of walls, going nowhere; ancient stoneworks stride through shiny boutiques, contemptuous of their surroundings.

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  • Watered by the tears of the poor and cultivated by working-class labor, the dreams that sprout from the unmolested soil of capital are those engineered by the ruling class. (p. 20)

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  • Looks as though the sprout is giving a big thumbs up.

    Sprout | Her Bad Mother

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  • All this came about because I tried to buy some in the shop yesterday. And the lady said they didn't stock them because no-one grows them locally. "Tiny plants don't do well when they are trucked 3,000 kilometres," she said. Time to start making my own tiny plants :-)

    April 2, 2008

  • Good luck, bilby! Hope you don't have the brown thumb I have.

    April 2, 2008

  • Green fingers crossed.

    April 2, 2008

  • I'm trying to grow broccoli sprouts at home. *Fingers crossed*

    April 2, 2008

  • Ohhh, some local chain restaurant douses them in cheese and butter. Yum!

    April 2, 2008

  • I've been lucky. Just had some glorious brussels sprouts last night. Yum.

    April 1, 2008

  • I love them too. But I always forget to buy them, so I'm experiencing Sproutade (see here).

    April 1, 2008

  • Here is the solution for those with sprout woes.

    December 10, 2007

  • Eeew! Stop that! You're ruining our food! ;-)

    December 5, 2007

  • Uhh... SoG, you mean... the brussels sprouts have skin?!

    December 5, 2007

  • I certainly can see a pattern developing here.

    December 4, 2007

  • I love 'em. Perhaps there's some genetic link between logophilia and sproutitude.

    December 4, 2007

  • Brothers under the skin....

    December 3, 2007

  • What? I like brussels sprouts too. Clearly, they need a new survey.

    December 3, 2007

  • Well a lot has happened since 2002....

    December 3, 2007

  • "According to a survey in 2002, Brussels sprouts are Britain's most hated vegetable." - Wikipedia.

    SoG, you are a special person.

    December 3, 2007

  • I love brussels sprouts, but I usually only get to eat them at Christmas.

    December 3, 2007