verb (used with object), sprinkled, sprinkling.
to scatter (a liquid, powder, etc.) in drops or particles: She sprinkled powder on the baby.
to disperse or distribute here and there.
to overspread with drops or particles of water, powder, or the like: to sprinkle a lawn.
to diversify or intersperse with objects scattered here and there.
verb (used without object), sprinkled, sprinkling.
to scatter or disperse liquid, a powder, etc., in drops or particles.
to be sprinkled.
to rain slightly (often used impersonally with it as subject): It may sprinkle this evening.
the act or an instance of sprinkling.
something used for sprinkling.
Usually, sprinkles. small particles of chocolate, candy, sugar, etc., used as a decorative topping for cookies, cakes, ice-cream cones, and the like.
a light rain.
a small quantity or number.

1350–1400; Middle English sprenklen (v.); cognate with Dutch sprenkelen, German sprenkeln; akin to Old English sprengan 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.
unsprinkled, adjective

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.
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sprinkle (ˈsprɪŋkəl)
1.  to scatter (liquid, powder, etc) in tiny particles or droplets over (something)
2.  (tr) to distribute over (something): the field was sprinkled with flowers
3.  (intr) to drizzle slightly
4.  the act or an instance of sprinkling or a quantity that is sprinkled
5.  a slight drizzle
[C14: probably from Middle Dutch sprenkelen; related to Old English spearcaspark1]

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Word Origin & History

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.
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Example sentences
Sprinkle with salt and pepper, dredge with flour, and cook in the seasoned butter until well browned.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper, dredge with flour, and sauté in butter.
Sprinkle those statements on your sweetheart throughout the day.
Parboil sweetbreads, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and dredge with flour.
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