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[bih-spring-kuh l] /bɪˈsprɪŋ kəl/
verb (used with object), besprinkled, besprinkling.
to sprinkle (something) all over, as with water or a powder.
Origin of besprinkle
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at be-, sprinkle
Related forms
unbesprinkled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for besprinkle
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  • besprinkle Ishtar with the waters of life and take her from me.

  • 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
  • Already had the snow begun to besprinkle the sky, and the branches of the trees were covered with rime like rabbit-skin.

    Devil Stories Various
British Dictionary definitions for besprinkle


(transitive) to sprinkle all over with liquid, powder, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for besprinkle

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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