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According to the New Oxford Dictionary of English:

    Brit. informal, chiefly derogatory 
    noun a child.
        a military recruit or trainee.
    verb (sprogged, sprogging) [no OBJ.] have a baby.
    origin1940's (originally services' slang in the sense 'new recruit'): 
perhaps from obsolete sprag 'lively young man', of unknown origin.

I would not have had a chance to discover the meaning of this word without 
the internet and it's vast resources.  My paperback dictionary that I keep on 
my desk did not have the word.  And I forget how to use my slide rule, or 
where it is.