Advertisement

spray (v.)

"sprinkle liquid in drops," 1520s, from Middle Dutch sprayen, from Proto-Germanic *sprewjan (source also of German sprühen "to sparkle, drizzle," Spreu "chaff," literally "that which flies about"), from extended form of PIE root *sper- (4) "to sow, scatter" (see sprout (v.)). Related: Sprayed; spraying.

spray (n.1)

"small branch," mid-13c., of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Old English spræc "shoot, twig" (see sprig), and compare Danish sprag in same sense.

spray (n.2)

"water blown by waves," 1620s, from spray (v.).

Others Are Reading

Advertisement
Definitions of spray from WordNet
1
spray (n.)
a pesticide in suspension or solution; intended for spraying;
spray (n.)
a quantity of small objects flying through the air;
a spray of bullets
Synonyms: spraying
spray (n.)
flower arrangement consisting of a single branch or shoot bearing flowers and foliage;
spray (n.)
a dispenser that turns a liquid (such as perfume) into a fine mist;
Synonyms: atomizer / atomiser / sprayer / nebulizer / nebuliser
spray (n.)
water in small drops in the atmosphere; blown from waves or thrown up by a waterfall;
spray (n.)
a jet of vapor;
2
spray (v.)
be discharged in sprays of liquid;
Water sprayed all over the floor
spray (v.)
scatter in a mass or jet of droplets;
spray water on someone
spray paint on the wall
spray (v.)
cover by spraying with a liquid;
spray the wall with paint
From wordnet.princeton.edu