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[bih-spring-kuh l] /bɪˈsprɪŋ kəl/
verb (used with object), besprinkled, besprinkling.
to sprinkle (something) all over, as with water or a powder.
Origin of besprinkle
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see be-, sprinkle
Related forms
unbesprinkled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for besprinkle
Historical Examples
  • Already had the snow begun to besprinkle the sky, and the branches of the trees were covered with rime like rabbit-skin.

    Devil Stories Various
  • It would be a public service to besprinkle the path with sand.

    Memoirs of a Surrey Labourer George Sturt (AKA George Bourne)
  • Scarcely could I hope, however, with the numberless islands which besprinkle that ocean, she could drive clear of them all.

    Antony Waymouth W.H.G. Kingston
  • It is quite unlike the blossoms which besprinkle other rugs.

    The Oriental Rug William D. Ellwanger
  • besprinkle Ishtar with the waters of life and take her from me.

  • Great amateurs are both sexes of tinsel and perfumery, and they besprinkle themselves with all kinds of essences.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
British Dictionary definitions for besprinkle


(transitive) to sprinkle all over with liquid, powder, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for besprinkle

mid-15c., from be- + sprinkle (v.). Related: Besprinkled; besprinkling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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