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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [awf-spring, of-]
    • /ˈɔfˌsprɪŋ, ˈɒf-/
    • /ˈɒf.sprɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [awf-spring, of-]
    • /ˈɔfˌsprɪŋ, ˈɒf-/

Definitions of offspring word

  • noun plural offspring children or young of a particular parent or progenitor. 1
  • noun plural offspring a child or animal in relation to its parent or parents. 1
  • noun plural offspring a descendant. 1
  • noun plural offspring descendants collectively. 1
  • noun plural offspring the product, result, or effect of something: the offspring of an inventive mind. 1
  • noun offspring A person's child or children. 1

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Origin of offspring

First appearance:

before 950
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 950; Middle English; Old English ofspring; see off, of1, spring (in the sense “to descend from”)

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Parts of speech for Offspring


offspring popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

offspring usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for offspring

noun offspring

  • descendants — a person or animal that is descended from a specific ancestor; an offspring.
  • progeny — a descendant or offspring, as a child, plant, or animal.
  • children — Children is the plural of child.
  • issue — the act of sending out or putting forth; promulgation; distribution: the issue of food and blankets to flood victims.
  • young — being in the first or early stage of life or growth; youthful; not old: a young woman.

Antonyms for offspring

noun offspring

  • adult — An adult is a mature, fully developed person. An adult has reached the age when they are legally responsible for their actions.
  • cause — a person or thing that acts, happens, or exists in such a way that some specific thing happens as a result; the producer of an effect: You have been the cause of much anxiety. What was the cause of the accident?
  • origin — something from which anything arises or is derived; source; fountainhead: to follow a stream to its origin.
  • parent — a father or a mother.
  • source — any thing or place from which something comes, arises, or is obtained; origin: Which foods are sources of calcium?

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