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 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.
"small amount," 1590s, verbal noun from sprinkle (v.).
late 14c. (implied in sprinkled), frequentative of sprenge (see spring (v.)) or via Middle Dutch, Middle Low German sprenkel "spot, speck," from PIE root *(s)preg- "to jerk, scatter" (cf. Latin spargere "to scatter, sprinkle"). The meaning "rain lightly" is first recorded 1778. Related: Sprinkling.