1350-1400;Middle Englishsprenklen (v.); cognate with Dutchsprenkelen,Germansprenkeln; akin to Old Englishsprengan to sprinkle, make (something) spring, scatter, causative of springan to spring
intersprinkle, verb (used with object), intersprinkled, intersprinkling.
presprinkle, verb (used with object), presprinkled, presprinkling.
resprinkle, verb, resprinkled, resprinkling.
1. distribute, rain. Sprinkle, scatter, strew mean to fling, spread, or disperse. To sprinkle means to fling about small drops or particles: to sprinkle water on clothes, powder on plants. To scatter is to disperse or spread widely: to scatter seeds. To strew is to scatter, especially in such a way as to cover or partially cover a surface: to strew flowers on a grave.
1382 (implied in sprinkled), frequentative of sprenge (see spring (v.)) or via M.Du., M.L.G. sprenkel "spot, speck," from PIE base *(s)preg- "to jerk, scatter" (cf. L. spargere "to scatter, sprinkle"). The meaning "rain lightly" is first recorded 1778. Sprinkling "small amount" first recorded 1594. Sprinkler is attested from 1535.