sprinkle

verb
sprin·​kle | \ ˈspriŋ-kəl How to pronounce sprinkle (audio) \
sprinkled; sprinkling\ ˈspriŋ-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce sprinkling (audio) \

Definition of sprinkle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to scatter in drops or particles
2a : to scatter over
b : to scatter at intervals in or among : dot sprinkled the speech with quips
c : to wet lightly

intransitive verb

1 : to scatter a liquid in fine drops
2 : to rain lightly in scattered drops

sprinkle

noun

Definition of sprinkle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from sprinkle

Verb

sprinkler \ ˈspriŋ-​k(ə-​)lər How to pronounce sprinkler (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for sprinkle

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of sprinkle in a Sentence

Verb He sprinkled water on the plants. I sprinkled grass seed over the soil. She sprinkled the clothes before ironing them. “Is it raining?” “It's just sprinkling a little.” Noun It rained last night, but it was just a sprinkle. She topped the pasta with a sprinkle of parsley.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Replace tops of puffs and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Daniel Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This cream puff recipe delivers iconic Wisconsin State Fair pastry flavor, even for those lacking artistic skills," 31 July 2020 If the dough is sticky, sprinkle with additional flour. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Homemade bread: It’s the staff of life," 31 July 2020 To finalize the bowl, sprinkle granola, coconut, hemp seeds, fresh blueberries, and a drizzle of maple syrup on top. Akili King, Vogue, "Let Tabitha Brown Be Your Guide to a Refreshing Summer Smoothie Bowl," 13 July 2020 Rub both sides of the salmon lightly with the olive oil, then sprinkle the salt on top. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area salmon season is in full swing for home cooks but uncertain for fishers," 13 July 2020 Pour it into a glass and then sprinkle cinnamon on top. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Paul Feig reflects on his Quarantine Cocktail Time videos, reveals he's doing a cocktail book," 2 July 2020 Spoon the vegetables and sauce over the rice and sprinkle the garlic and peanuts on top. cleveland, "Flavorful rice dish inspired by cookbook of Pakistani cuisine," 2 July 2020 Drizzle dressing over cooked corn, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and cilantro, and serve. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Mexican street corn: Easy and cheesy take on corn-on-the-cob," 9 July 2020 Even sprinkle the Cotton Bowl with a few thousand fans to keep it from looking post-apocalyptic. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Even if the game goes on as planned, it won’t be Texas-Oklahoma without the State Fair," 8 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Garnish each bowl with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of parsley. Naveen Kumar, CNN Underscored, "Slow cooker recipes that will feed your family for days," 9 July 2020 Top each serving with a little sprinkle of fresh chives or chopped basil. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, "I’ve Made a Lot of Tomato Pies, But Our Old-Fashioned Version Is My Absolute Favorite," 18 June 2020 Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a small wedge of banana. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Modern mocktails from Greater Cleveland’s top cocktail bars: Imbibing during the new new normal," 5 June 2020 For extra seasoning, bowls get a sprinkle of gomashio, a Japanese sesame salt. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "What goes into a pickle bowl at Bay Area’s Cultured Pickle Shop," 3 June 2020 Very finely chopped green tops are spread over the dough with a generous sprinkle of salt. Los Angeles Times, "No yeast? You don’t need any for these savory scallion pancakes," 1 May 2020 Cappuccinos are traditionally four ounces and contain equal volumes of espresso and steamed milk, frothed to a bone-dry, airy state, and sometimes topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "What You Need to Make 15 of the Best Coffee Drinks from Around the World," 16 Apr. 2020 For this shortcut, divide your dough into 4 to 6 equal portions and shape into pretzels (or roll into a log and cut into nuggets for bite-size treats!) then brush with egg wash and a sprinkle of coarse salt. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Use This Versatile 2-Ingredient Dough to Make Pizza, Donuts, and More," 19 May 2020 Finishing touches: lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, and then, once in bowls, a sprinkle of smoky, fruity black urfa chile from Burlap and Barrel. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "A Quarantine Birthday Deserves a Very Special Cake," 13 May 2020

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First Known Use of sprinkle

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for sprinkle

Verb

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

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The first known use of sprinkle was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

6 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sprinkle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprinkle. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for sprinkle

sprinkle

verb
How to pronounce sprinkle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sprinkle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to drop or spread small pieces or amounts of something over something
: to put small drops of liquid on (someone or something)
US : to rain lightly

sprinkle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sprinkle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a light rain
: a small amount that is sprinkled on something
US : tiny candies that are put on top of a sweet food (such as ice cream)

sprinkle

verb
sprin·​kle | \ ˈspriŋ-kəl How to pronounce sprinkle (audio) \
sprinkled; sprinkling

Kids Definition of sprinkle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from sprinkle

sprinkler \ -​klər \ noun

sprinkle

noun

Kids Definition of sprinkle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a light rain
sprin·​kle
sprinkled; sprinkling

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