sprin·kling | \ ˈspriŋ-kliŋ \

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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Finely chop reserved dark green parts from scallions and set aside 1 Tbsp. for sprinkling. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "Confetti Rice with Chicken in Spicy Garlic Broth," 19 Mar. 2018 Just add a sprinkling of blueberries to this decadent (yet easy) layered cake recipe from our favorite Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. refinery29.com, "Win The 4th Of July With These Last-Minute Desserts," 28 June 2018 The new Toy Story Land will get a sprinkling of holiday cheer, Walt Disney World says. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney World holiday plans include Toy Story Land, 'Up' show," 9 July 2018 Glitter Bangs Forget pixie-like sprinklings of sparkles—Maison Margiela's light-catching hair is coated, molded, and reminiscent of otherworldly glitter glue. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "6 Beauty Tricks to Steal from the Mens Runways, From Glitter Bangs to Straight Edge Bobs," 25 June 2018 People talk for a while, sprinkling jokes and morsels of personality into the heavy dough of exposition. A.o. Scott, New York Times, "‘Avengers: Infinity War’: It’s Marvel’s Universe. We Just Live in It.," 24 Apr. 2018 Clematis are hungry plants and will appreciate a sprinkling of a good all-purpose organic fertilizer every month or so during the growing season. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Clematis," 17 Mar. 2017 Rinse the pot, then rub on a small amount of ketchup topped with a sprinkling of salt, and buff in with a soft cloth. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Jam, jelly … what's the difference?," 11 July 2018 The vast majority were white men and women, with a sprinkling of Hispanics and Asians. Jenice Armstrong, Philly.com, "Kudos to Philly police for sending recruits to Smithsonian African American Museum | Jenice Armstrong," 10 July 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of sprinkling

: a very small number or amount a sprinkling of sugar

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