[ bih-sprent ]
/ bɪˈsprɛnt /

adjective Archaic.

besprinkled; bestrewn.

Origin of besprent

1325–75; Middle English bespre(y)nt, past participle of besprengen, Old English besprengan, equivalent to be- be- + sprengan to sprinkle, akin to spring Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for besprent

  • Not show the Sunday promenaders too, how steel glitters, besprent with blood; that it be told of, and men's ears tingle?

    The French Revolution|Thomas Carlyle
  • What beckoning ghost, besprent with April dew, Hails me so solemnly to yonder yew?

    Hearts of Controversy|Alice Meynell
  • Trembling and sad he stood beside the door— Pale as a spectre, and besprent with gore!

    Romantic Ballads|George Borrow
  • The books at Saint-Cyr were stamped with a crowned cross, besprent with fleurs-de-lys.

    The Library|Andrew Lang

British Dictionary definitions for besprent


/ (bɪˈsprɛnt) /


poetic sprinkled over

Word Origin for besprent

C14: past participle of Old English besprengan to besprinkle
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