- 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.
- 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.
Origin of sprinkle
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Examples from the Web for sprinkle
Brush the pastry with egg wash and sprinkle with fleur de sel and pepper.
Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, place on a sheet pan, brush with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle on the flour and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
Some dried cranberries for tartness and a sprinkle of sea salt make these my all-time favorite cookies.Make These Barefoot Contessa Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
November 28, 2014
Place one sheet of phyllo on the board, brush it with butter, and sprinkle it with ¾ teaspoon of bread crumbs.The Barefoot Contessa’s Tasty Trip to Paris
November 27, 2014
Remove from the fat, drain, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Then glaze them all over with egg, and sprinkle them with bread-crumbs.
Season them with pepper and salt, and sprinkle them thick with flour.
Pick, wash, and dry six ounces of currants, and sprinkle them with flour.
It was now full daylight, and the rain was dying away to a sprinkle.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
- to scatter (liquid, powder, etc) in tiny particles or droplets over (something)
- (tr) to distribute over (something)the field was sprinkled with flowers
- (intr) to drizzle slightly
- the act or an instance of sprinkling or a quantity that is sprinkled
- a slight drizzle
Word Origin and History for sprinkle
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.