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
Recent Examples on the Web Other schools might be left all-white or with only a sprinkling of Negro students. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: Schools’ path to integration," 18 Oct. 2020 During the recent past, even during St. Tammany Parish Fair week, there would be a sprinkling of games on Friday. Jim Derry, NOLA.com, "Farmer Football 5: Don't take a single game for granted," 14 Oct. 2020 The eighth-generation iPad is best for everyday tasks (think emails and web browsing, with a sprinkling of gaming on the side). Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "The best tablets of 2020," 8 Oct. 2020 Its membership roster included Detroit labor leaders, Sikh farmers in California, African American activists in Harlem, Chinese immigrants, and a sprinkling of lawmakers. Dinyar Patel, The Atlantic, "Kamala Harris and the ‘Other 1 Percent’," 7 Oct. 2020 Ginormous hanging lanterns and a sprinkling of shutters seemingly painted in whatever hue was close at hand. John King, SFChronicle.com, "If Harry Potter and Fred Flintstone designed a building together, it might look like this," 15 Sep. 2020 Some zone defense in Game 1, plenty more in Game 2, then a sprinkling in Game 3. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Erik Spoelstra’s Heat defensive evolution on display in NBA Finals vs. Lakers," 6 Oct. 2020 September has come and gone and with it came the sprinkling of reopening of schools and businesses across the country and, unfortunately, the continued spread of wildfires. NBC News, "September reader favorites: Air purifiers, face masks and more," 2 Oct. 2020 Once coated, the chips get topped with queso fresco, chopped white onion, and a sprinkling of delicate greens or edible flowers from the farmers’ market. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Chilaquiles Straight from a Chef’s Home Kitchen," 2 Oct. 2020

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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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21 Oct 2020

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“Sprinkling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprinkling. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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