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

bestrew, dot, pepper, scatter, sow, spot, spray, strew

Synonyms: Noun

drizzle, mist, mizzle

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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

Before serving, sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar. Jean Kressy, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Fill a cornmeal cookie crust with fresh blueberries for a beautiful summer kuchen," 14 July 2019 Optionally, sprinkle the chile flakes over the tomatoes in the jar, then cover with the olive oil. Evan Kleiman, latimes.com, "Sun-dried tomatoes, the Mickey Rourke of food, get their second act," 10 July 2019 Others mixed and matched sports, with plenty of Cubs and White Sox caps paired with U.S. soccer gear, and other national teams like Spain and Mexico sprinkled in. Patrick M. O'connell, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago fans cheer for World Cup champs and equal pay for women," 7 July 2019 Spoon some of the warm ragu over them, sprinkle lightly with fresh tarragon and flaky sea salt, if desired, and pass the remaining ragu at the table. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "Fire up your summer with recipes from the season’s new grilling cookbooks," 24 June 2019 Evenly sprinkle the clementine peel over the top of each fillet. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Priya Krishna reveals her signature recipes," 15 June 2019 All three mixtapes are also available on his website in vinyl editions, with some exclusive merchandise sprinkled into the deal. Erin Davis And Brian Ries, CNN, "Chance the Rapper blesses us by releasing mixtapes '10Day' and 'Acid Rap' on all streaming platforms," 28 June 2019 Orange, teal, and mustard yellow are only a few of the pops of color sprinkled into the new collection that also includes shoes, jewelry, and sunglasses. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Shop The Looks From Rihanna's Second Release At Fenty," 24 June 2019 Clinging to a one-run lead and with sprinkles falling, the right-hander plunked two batters with one out in the sixth, but Ben James flew out before Berg’s potential title-saving throw. Mike Cook, Twin Cities, "Class 3A state baseball: St. Thomas Academy holds on to win title," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some video game company portfolios are filled with legacy titles, with just a sprinkle of one-off original releases every year. Shannon Liao, CNN, "'Pokemon,' 'Gears of War' and other nostalgic video games are a multi-billion-dollar business," 27 June 2019 Waffle cones are dipped in high-end Ghiradelli chocolate and embellished with sprinkles, crushed candies and coconut flakes. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "A flight of ice cream? Yes, because The Scoop knows sometimes you just can’t decide," 7 June 2019 Sprinkle top of frosted doughnuts with chocolate sprinkles for hair. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Frankenstein and His Bride Cupcakes," 2 Oct. 2018 The rolled ice cream can be mixed with candy, cookies, fruit, nuts, berries and sprinkles. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, AL.com, "14 great places to get ice cream in Alabama this winter (and why you should)," 30 Jan. 2018 This method produces softer, pillowy gnocchi that are equally delicious with a fancy sauce or a simple sprinkle of cheese and pepper. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make Your Own Version of Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi," 9 Apr. 2019 Top with pickled cucumbers, remaining pine nuts, fresh mint leaves and a sprinkle of black sesame seeds. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "How to Eat to Beat the Heat, Korean Style," 8 Aug. 2018 While some light sprinkles fell in Phoenix in June, the airport has not recorded measurable rain for 115 days — the 11th-longest dry streak on record in Phoenix, Sawtelle said. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "It's going to get hot in Phoenix, but that might bring in weekend rain," 4 July 2018 That idea inspired us to create a lighter combination using rice-like orzo, peas for color and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese. Linda Giuca And Christopher Prosperi, courant.com, "Scampi Recipe Lightens Up With Orzo And Peas," 5 Apr. 2018

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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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More Definitions for sprinkle

sprinkle

verb

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

sprinkle

transitive verb
sprin·​kle
sprinkled; sprinkling

Legal Definition of sprinkle

: spray

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