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

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Historical Examples of besprent

  • The books at Saint-Cyr were stamped with a crowned cross, besprent with fleurs-de-lys.

    The Library

    Andrew Lang

  • What beckoning ghost, besprent with April dew, Hails me so solemnly to yonder yew?

  • And he rode a great white mare, whose bases and other housings were black, but all besprent with fair lilys of silver sheen.


    George MacDonald

  • He was a gay fellow, with ever a song in's mouth, but for all that, his dwelling that night was besprent with tears and wailing.

    The Serf

    Guy Thorne

  • Trembling and sad he stood beside the door— Pale as a spectre, and besprent with gore!

    Romantic Ballads

    George Borrow

British Dictionary definitions for besprent



poetic sprinkled over

Word Origin for besprent

C14: past participle of Old English besprengan to besprinkle
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