- sprout1 [spraut] v[: Old English; Origin: sprutan]1.) [I and T]if vegetables, seeds, or plants sprout, they start to grow, producing ↑shoots, ↑buds, or leaves▪ Move the pots outside when the seeds begin to sprout.▪ Trees were starting to sprout new leaves.2.) [i]also sprout upto appear suddenly in large numbers▪ Office blocks are sprouting up everywhere.3.) [I and T]if something such as hair sprouts or if you sprout it, it starts to grow▪ Jim seemed to have sprouted a beard.sprout 2sprout2 n1.) especially BrE a small green vegetable like a very small ↑cabbage2.) a new growth on a plant= ↑shoot3.) [usually plural] AmEan ↑alfalfa seed which has grown a stem and is eaten4.) [usually plural] AmEa ↑beansprout
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.