[ spring-kler ]
/ ˈsprɪŋ klər /


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.
a person who sprinkles.

verb (used with object)

to provide (a warehouse, school, office building, etc.) with a sprinkler system.

Nearby words

  1. springtime,
  2. springville,
  3. springwood,
  4. springy,
  5. sprinkle,
  6. sprinkler system,
  7. sprinklered,
  8. sprinkling,
  9. sprinklingly,
  10. sprint

Origin of sprinkler

First recorded in 1525–35; sprinkle + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for sprinkler


/ (ˈsprɪŋklə) /


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
a person or thing that sprinkles
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Word Origin and History for sprinkler



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

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