sprin·​kling ˈspriŋ-kliŋ How to pronounce sprinkling (audio)
: a limited quantity or amount : modicum
: a small quantity falling in scattered drops or particles
: a small number distributed at random : scattering

Example Sentences

a sprinkling of fans showed up at the airport just a sprinkling of experience with the computer program
Recent Examples on the Web Finely chop the garlic and mix with a generous sprinkling of kosher salt. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Feb. 2023 Before baking, spoon filling onto the dough squares, brush the edges with egg wash, fold into triangles, press to seal the edges, and top with a sprinkling of nigella seeds. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 9 Feb. 2023 They are basted in butter and finished with a sprinkling of kosher salt. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 19 Jan. 2023 Her cast includes rough scoundrels, long-suffering servants and cosseted aristocrats, with a sprinkling of real-life characters like Sir William Hamilton and his alluring young wife, Emma. Alida Becker, New York Times, 8 Jan. 2023 Jaime Viñas Bring a little bit of Mother Nature into your Christmas staircase idea with a sprinkling of snowflakes. Kelsey Mulvey, ELLE Decor, 20 Dec. 2022 These potatoes are delicious with a sprinkling of salt, but the seasoning options are many. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Dec. 2022 Add a layer of turkey (a mix of light and dark meat is best) and top with a generous sprinkling of pickled onions. Sunset Magazine, 25 Nov. 2022 Add a generous sprinkling of salt, bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Sprinkling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprinkling. Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


sprin·​kling ˈspriŋ-kliŋ How to pronounce sprinkling (audio)
: a very small number or amount

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