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sprinkle

verb sprin·kle \ ˈspriŋ-kəl \
|Updated on: 21 Jun 2018

Definition of sprinkle

sprinkled; sprinkling play \ˈspriŋ-k(ə-)liŋ\
1 : to scatter in drops or particles
2 a : to scatter over
b : to scatter at intervals in or among : dot
  • sprinkled the speech with quips
c : to wet lightly
1 : to scatter a liquid in fine drops
2 : to rain lightly in scattered drops

sprinkler

play \ˈspriŋ-k(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of sprinkle in a Sentence

  1. He sprinkled water on the plants.

  2. I sprinkled grass seed over the soil.

  3. She sprinkled the clothes before ironing them.

  4. “Is it raining?” “It's just sprinkling a little.”

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Origin and Etymology of sprinkle

Middle English sprenklen, sprinclen; akin to Middle High German spreckel, sprenkel spot


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sprinkle

noun

Definition of sprinkle

1 : the act or an instance of sprinkling; especially : a light rain
3 sprinkles plural : small particles of candy used as a topping (as on ice cream) : jimmies

Examples of sprinkle in a Sentence

  1. It rained last night, but it was just a sprinkle.

  2. She topped the pasta with a sprinkle of parsley.

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First Known Use of sprinkle

1575

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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SPRINKLE Defined for English Language Learners

sprinkle

Definition of sprinkle for English Language Learners

  • : to drop or spread small pieces or amounts of something over something

  • : to put small drops of liquid on (someone or something)

  • : to rain lightly


sprinkle

Definition of sprinkle for English Language Learners

  • : a light rain

  • : a small amount that is sprinkled on something

  • sprinkles : tiny candies that are put on top of a sweet food (such as ice cream)


SPRINKLE Defined for Kids

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sprinkle

verb sprin·kle \ ˈspriŋ-kəl \

Definition of sprinkle for Students

sprinkled; sprinkling
1 : to scatter in drops or particles
  • sprinkle water
  • sprinkle sand
2 : to scatter over or in or among
  • Sprinkle the corn with salt.
3 : to rain lightly

sprinkler

\-klər\ noun

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sprinkle

noun

Definition of sprinkle for Students

1 : a light rain

Law Dictionary

sprinkle

transitive verb sprin·kle

legal Definition of sprinkle

sprinkled; sprinkling
: spray


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