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 Stuff a fig or date with goat cheese and sprinkle on a few nuts. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Mediterranean diet named best diet for 2021," 5 Jan. 2021 Remove from oven and sprinkle with paprika (optional). Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Serve up a simple New Year’s Eve family celebration," 30 Dec. 2020 Lower the mixer to medium-low, and sprinkle in the flour. Washington Post, "A festive baked Alaska to end your night in a blaze of glory," 28 Dec. 2020 Simply scrape the visible meat and fat from a fresh hide and sprinkle some salt across the damp surface. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Guide to Tanning Wild Game Pelts and Hides," 24 Dec. 2020 After placing your rolls in a baking dish, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt, if desired. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "How to Reheat Christmas Dinner," 18 Dec. 2020 Let cool for a few minutes, until the coating is just setting, and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and salt. Meredith Deeds, Star Tribune, "3 flavorful appetizers to help usher in the new year," 25 Dec. 2020 Garnish with a mint leaf and sprinkle with additional confectioners’ sugar right before serving. Washington Post, "Let these chocolate cups filled with cannoli cream be the sweet start to a new year," 23 Dec. 2020 Divide between two dinner plates and sprinkle cheese on top. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "This pasta recipe is perfect for a hectic holiday season," 21 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If a win over Penn State was a sprinkle of that, avenging a College Football Playoff loss to Clemson is the epitome of it. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Jeremy Ruckert, Luke Farrell validate the tight end experience in Ohio State football’s win over Clemson: Stephen Means’ observations," 4 Jan. 2021 In a small bowl, mix yogurt with 2 teaspoons olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Jane Black, WSJ, "Golden Beet and Orange Salad with Yogurt and Za’atar," 17 Dec. 2020 Lip-puckering shreds of unripe mango were tamed by a salty, chile- and garlic-forward nuoc cham dressing and a liberal sprinkle of pungent, heady herbs like rau ram and Thai basil. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "S.F.’s dorky new Viet pop-up is home-cooking nostalgia at its caramel-braised best," 10 Dec. 2020 Even a quick sprinkle or mist is possible near dawn. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Fairly bright and a bit breezy as our warming trend continues," 11 Dec. 2020 Against a Mississippi State team unlikely to accomplish anything on offense, a sprinkle of a deep passing game probably would be enough for Georgia to cover. Christopher Smith, al, "Mississippi State vs. Georgia betting line, picks, odds and predictions," 20 Nov. 2020 When even a sprinkle of pre-snap doubt creeps into a defense, advantage quarterback. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "What bye-week wrinkles did Kevin Stefanski add to the Browns' offense, and did they work? -- Film Review," 17 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, Little Mix sprinkle Confetti on the ARIA Top 10. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Kylie Minogue Is the ‘Disco’ Queen of Australia’s Albums Chart," 16 Nov. 2020 Skies are partly sunny but likely cloud up in the afternoon, and a shower or sprinkle is possible with the arrival of the front. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Zeta unloads drenching rain today, but weather turns sunny and crisp for Halloween," 29 Oct. 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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Time Traveler for sprinkle

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

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Last Updated

15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Sprinkle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprinkle. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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