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besprinkle

[bih-spring-kuh l]
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verb (used with object), be·sprin·kled, be·sprin·kling.
  1. to sprinkle (something) all over, as with water or a powder.

Origin of besprinkle

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at be-, sprinkle
Related formsun·be·sprin·kled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for besprinkle

Historical Examples

  • Besprinkle Ishtar with the waters of life and take her from me.

    The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria

    Morris Jastrow

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

    Memoirs of a Surrey Labourer

    George Sturt (AKA George Bourne)

  • It is quite unlike the blossoms which besprinkle other rugs.

    The Oriental Rug

    William D. Ellwanger

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

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for besprinkle

besprinkle

verb
  1. (tr) to sprinkle all over with liquid, powder, etc
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Word Origin and History for besprinkle

v.

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

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