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  1. any of various devices for sprinkling, as a watering pot, a container of water with a perforated top used to sprinkle clothes before ironing, or especially a perforated ring or small stand with a revolving nozzle to which a hose is attached for watering a lawn with a fine, even spray.
  2. a person who sprinkles.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to provide (a warehouse, school, office building, etc.) with a sprinkler system.
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Origin of sprinkler

First recorded in 1525–35; sprinkle + -er1
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Related Words for sprinkler

aerosol, sprinkler, froth, splash, fog, moisture, drizzle, duster, spindrift, atomizer, vaporizer

Examples from the Web for sprinkler

Contemporary Examples of sprinkler

Historical Examples of sprinkler

  • The curate took the sprinkler and sprinkled the stone with holy water.

  • It was impossible to use this sprinkler without wetting the head.

    Convenient Houses

    Louis Henry Gibson

  • Here and there a sprinkler tossed its spray into the sunlight.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • The priest who gets the leavened bread must be the sprinkler of the blood.

  • The curate then took up the sprinkler and sprinkled the stones with holy water.

British Dictionary definitions for sprinkler


  1. a device perforated with small holes that is attached to a garden hose or watering can and used to spray plants, lawns, etc, with water
  2. a person or thing that sprinkles
  3. See sprinkler system
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Word Origin and History for sprinkler


1530s, agent noun from sprinkle (v.).

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