verb (used with object), interspersed, interspersing.
to scatter here and there or place at intervals among other things:
to intersperse flowers among shrubs.
to diversify with something placed or scattered at intervals:
to intersperse a dull speech with interesting anecdotes.
Origin 1560–70; < Latininterspersus (past participle of interspergere to strew here and there), equivalent to inter-inter- + -spersus, combining form of sparsus, past participle of spargere to scatter; see disperse
Related forms interspersedly
[in-ter-spur-sid-lee] /ˌɪn tərˈspɜr sɪd li/ Show IPA, adverb interspersion
[in-ter-spur-zhuh n or, esp. British, -shuh n] /ˌɪn tərˈspɜr ʒən or, esp. British, -ʃən/ Show IPA, interspersal, noun uninterspersed, adjective
Synonyms 1. strew, sprinkle.
to scatter or distribute among, between, or on
to diversify (something) with other things scattered here and there
[C16: from Latin interspargere, from inter- + spargere to sprinkle]