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sprinkle

[ spring-kuhl ]
/ ˈsprɪŋ kəl /
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verb (used with object), sprin·kled, sprin·kling.

verb (used without object), sprin·kled, sprin·kling.

noun

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Origin of sprinkle

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English sprenklen (verb); cognate with Dutch sprenkelen,German sprenkeln; akin to Old English sprengan “to sprinkle, make (something) spring, scatter,” causative of springan “to spring” (see spring)
1. Sprinkle, scatter, strew mean to fling, spread, or disperse. To sprinkle means to fling about small drops or particles: to sprinkle water on clothes, powder on plants. To scatter is to disperse or spread widely: to scatter seeds. To strew is to scatter, especially in such a way as to cover or partially cover a surface: to strew flowers on a grave.
in·ter·sprin·kle, verb (used with object), in·ter·sprin·kled, in·ter·sprin·kling.pre·sprin·kle, verb (used with object), pre·sprin·kled, pre·sprin·kling.re·sprin·kle, verb, re·sprin·kled, re·sprin·kling.un·sprin·kled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sprinkle

sprinkle
/ (ˈsprɪŋkəl) /

verb

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

noun

the act or an instance of sprinkling or a quantity that is sprinkled
a slight drizzle
C14: probably from Middle Dutch sprenkelen; related to Old English spearca spark 1
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