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 Loch Raven combined a strong running game with timely long passes and sprinkled in solid first-half defense on the way to spoiling Catonsville’s senior night with a 28-8 victory on Thursday night. Craig Clary, baltimoresun.com, "Loch Raven builds big lead and holds on against host Catonsville on senior night," 18 Oct. 2019 Relishing the wisdom of his years, Stevens liked to sprinkle his 21st century opinions with references to Prohibition or Tokyo Rose. Connie Cass, Twin Cities, "Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99," 16 July 2019 Norton avoids making the film too dense by sprinkling in tender moments and levity, drawing laughter from the audience. NBC News, "'Motherless Brooklyn' blends racism of 1950s New York with an old-school whodunit," 15 Nov. 2019 Delivery workers used to be paid a flat 40-cents per item, with bonuses sprinkled in. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, "'Don’t game my paycheck’: Delivery workers say they’re being squeezed by ever-changing algorithms," 7 Nov. 2019 There was also a trip to the ACC Tournament Championship Game sprinkled in during the 2018-19 season. Luis Torres, orlandosentinel.com, "FSU basketball pushes to build on success as it tips off season at Pitt," 5 Nov. 2019 Though not a basketball fan herself, Wake Webster has reminded her staff to sprinkle in UK jokes from time to time. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "NBC's 'Perfect Harmony' embraces its Kentucky roots, UK basketball jokes and all," 28 Oct. 2019 Oregon turned to Cyrus Habibi-Likio, whose 14 carries for 81 yards, both career-highs for the redshirt-sophomore, and Travis Dye to take over during the third and fourth quarters, with big passes from Herbert sprinkled in along the way. oregonlive, "Down 14 at rival Washington, Oregon Ducks stuck with run-first, physical, aggressive identity to mount biggest comeback since 2008," 19 Oct. 2019 Yet there has to be some good fortune sprinkled in there, too. Julian Mcwilliams, BostonGlobe.com, "Rafael Devers thrown out at home to end game for Red Sox," 5 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Add red sprinkles as holly (optional) or decorate with additional colors. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Molasses Lavender Honey Cookies (Fourth Place)," 3 Dec. 2019 World-weary chefs added chili flakes, lemon juice, poached eggs, dukkah, a sprinkle of herbs, Vegemite, chorizo, bacon, and many other unnecessaries, only sometimes always at once. Oliver Staley, Quartzy, "The 2010s will be remembered as the decade of avocado toast and BTS," 29 Nov. 2019 For example, a baked potato loaded with butter, heaps of cheese, and bacon bits isn’t the same as one stuffed with broccoli, extra virgin olive oil, and a sprinkle of Parmesan. NBC News, "5 seemingly unhealthy foods that are actually good for you," 26 Nov. 2019 French toast is a slab of brioche and is amazingly light, a fresh lemon-zest tasting breakfast with fruit compote and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 26 Oct. 2019 The flavor is described as a combination of popular seasonal cookies – chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and sugar – in a sugar cookie ice cream with red sprinkles and a green icing swirl. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Blue Bell releases flavor in time for the holidays," 17 Oct. 2019 As a sky-watching bonus look for a sprinkle of shooting stars as the Orionid meteor shower peaks on Monday night. National Geographic, "Why are Nobel scientists so white, and so old?," 16 Oct. 2019 If desired, add a touch of sweetness with confectioners’ sugar or stevia, or flavor with a bit of vanilla paste or a sprinkle of cinnamon. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "Claire’s tip of the week: Whip up some coconut cream," 4 Oct. 2019 The patriotic shake includes a vanilla milkshake with red, white and blue sprinkles, whipped cream, a popsicle and a lollipop. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Save some green on July 4th with patriotic specials and meal deals Thursday," 4 July 2019

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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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5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Sprinkle.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprinkler?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=sprink03. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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