WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
sprout /spraʊt/USA pronunciation
v. [no object]
- to begin to grow;
- (of a seed or plant) to put forth buds.
- a shoot of a plant.
- a new growth from a seed, rootstock, or the like.
- something suggesting a sprout, as a young person.
- sprouts, [plural]
- the young shoots of alfalfa, soybeans, etc., eaten, often raw, as a vegetable.
- Brussels sprout.brusselssprout
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
sprout /spraʊt/ vb
- (of a plant, seed, etc) to produce (new leaves, shoots, etc)
- (intransitive) often followed by up: to begin to grow or develop: new office blocks are sprouting up all over the city
Etymology: Old English sprūtan; related to Middle High German sprūzen to sprout, Lettish sprausties to jostle
- a newly grown shoot or bud
- something that grows like a sprout
- See Brussels sprout
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