sprin·​kling | \ ˈspriŋ-kliŋ How to pronounce sprinkling (audio) \

Definition of sprinkling

1 : a limited quantity or amount : modicum
2 : a small quantity falling in scattered drops or particles
3 : a small number distributed at random : scattering

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Examples of sprinkling in a Sentence

a sprinkling of fans showed up at the airport just a sprinkling of experience with the computer program

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The couple restored this stunning 19th-century farmhouse surrounded by 450 olive trees, orange groves, and a sprinkling of fig trees with a deep dedication to its Ibicenco legacy. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "For Authentic Ibiza, Visit in the Winter," 15 Feb. 2019 Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro demonstrates his Salt Bae sprinkling technique during a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. Fox News, "Venezuela's Maduro may skip UN meeting over security fears," 18 Sep. 2018 Weather forecast for Sunday, March 4, 2018 Wochit A sprinkling of snow that may slick up roads is in the forecast for metro Detroit early in the week. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "A sprinkle of road-slicking snow is coming," 4 Mar. 2018 And the peel is a must-have for baked goods, salad dressings, and sprinkling over roasted veggies for a zesty finish. Bridget Mallon, House Beautiful, "Camille Styles On How To Get The Perfect Party Ready Pantry," 24 Oct. 2014 Or maybe even a light sprinkling of harmless-seeming lint? Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Dangerous Mistakes You’re Making With Your Contact Lens Case," 25 July 2018 Russians are generally a clean-shaven bunch — no hipster beards over here — and even a sprinkling of stubble is usually hard to find on the streets and subways of Moscow. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Playoff beard? Russians grow mustaches to support team in World Cup," 14 June 2018 Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season all over again with a light sprinkling of salt. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Chicken Under a Skillet with Lemon Pan Sauce," 26 Mar. 2018 My childhood friends were other embassy brats and the offspring of UN officials and executives of multinational corporations, along with a sprinkling of Arab rich kids whose parents wanted to give them a Western education at home. Richard Mcgill Murphy, Town & Country, "Desert Prep," 17 Dec. 2012

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First Known Use of sprinkling

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of sprinkling was in 1561

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English Language Learners Definition of sprinkling

: a small amount that is sprinkled on something


sprin·​kling | \ ˈspriŋ-kliŋ How to pronounce sprinkling (audio) \

Kids Definition of sprinkling

: a very small number or amount a sprinkling of sugar

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