sprinkle

verb
sprin·​kle | \ ˈspriŋ-kəl How to pronounce sprinkle (audio) \
sprinkled; sprinkling\ ˈspriŋ-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce sprinkle (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 sprinkle (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 Place figs on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Wendy Hu, Travel + Leisure, 8 July 2021 Another way to sprinkle a bit of yourself into kitchen design is a striking backsplash. Jennifer Tzeses, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 July 2021 Chop tomatoes and sprinkle with salt, then pour into the towel and refrigerate for at least eight and up to 24 hours. Casey Barber, CNN, 6 July 2021 Slice the potatoes in half and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette, the parsley, and a pinch of salt. BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2021 That bond also includes $60 million for the district to sprinkle around neighboring schools to build what’s being billed as a Center for Black Student Excellence. oregonlive, 5 July 2021 Flip the ribs over and generously sprinkle the meaty side with the remaining rub. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 4 July 2021 Arrange on a large platter or serve in individual bowls and sprinkle with the mint. Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 Divide the salad between two dinner plates and sprinkle the pistachios on top. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 30 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Combining sweet, tart, and savory authentic Latino flavors, this drink from Baskin-Robbins swirls mango puree with a salty kick of chamoy and has a sprinkle of Tajín Clásico Seasoning for a mild spicy kick. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 8 July 2021 Other than a light sprinkle in the last few events, the rain stayed away for the running events. Joe Magill, cleveland, 29 May 2021 Garnish with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt and serve. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 22 June 2021 Saturday will start off with cloudiness, but there will be some developing sunshine as the day progresses and a stray shower or sprinkle can’t be ruled out. courant.com, 11 June 2021 The potatoes completely absorb the vinegar and bring out the earthiness of the little spuds and the sprinkle of vinegar in the carrots is faint. BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2021 This allows for a few more clouds to build in the afternoon, and a stray sprinkle or shower is possible. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 Lay the eggplant and zucchini in the colander with a sprinkle of salt between the layers. BostonGlobe.com, 15 June 2021 For those, like me, still finding their way: A sprinkle of this umami powder over simple grains, vegetables, meat and salads makes all the difference. WSJ, 4 May 2021

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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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14 Jul 2021

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“Sprinkle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprinkle. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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