Origin of sprinkling
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- to scatter (a liquid, powder, etc.) in drops or particles: She sprinkled powder on the baby.
- to disperse or distribute here and there.
- to overspread with drops or particles of water, powder, or the like: to sprinkle a lawn.
- to diversify or intersperse with objects scattered here and there.
- to scatter or disperse liquid, a powder, etc., in drops or particles.
- to be sprinkled.
- to rain slightly (often used impersonally with it as subject): It may sprinkle this evening.
- the act or an instance of sprinkling.
- something used for sprinkling.
- Usually sprinkles. small particles of chocolate, candy, sugar, etc., used as a decorative topping for cookies, cakes, ice-cream cones, and the like.
- a light rain.
- a small quantity or number.
Origin of sprinkle
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Examples from the Web for sprinkling
Stephen Colbert dug up the clip and had a laugh, sprinkling on some fun with puns to seal the deal.Dumpster Politicians, Jeter Tributes, and More Viral Videos
September 21, 2014
A sprinkling of hands went up, maybe 15 to 20 percent of the audience—“and some of them lie,” he exclaimed.The Key to Being a Leader During Crisis? Break the Rules
October 10, 2013
Sprinkling a little personal responsibility sugar on top can't hurt.Remember the Party of Personal Responsibility?
July 11, 2012
Probably because self-identified Republicans include moderates and even a sprinkling of liberals.'Independents' are Not Moderates
January 11, 2012
Most also are George W. Bush/Dick Cheney/Don Rumsfeld retreads, with a dash of Reaganites and a sprinkling of realists thrown in.The Republican Party Is Losing Its Grip on Foreign Policy
Leslie H. Gelb
November 28, 2011
At present there is but a sprinkling of Protestants in Millau.The Roof of France
But the sprinkling was a swarm in the Twickenham cottage, and filled it.Little Dorrit
A young but severe-looking Socitaire was sprinkling her with drops of water.
They were there almost over our heads, sprinkling us with their blue, pink, and mauve drops.
Only a sprinkling of pin-points of light marked Porno to the eye.The Bluff of the Hawk
- a small quantity or amounta sprinkling of commonsense
- 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
- the act or an instance of sprinkling or a quantity that is sprinkled
- a slight drizzle
Word Origin and History for sprinkling
"small amount," 1590s, verbal noun from sprinkle (v.).
late 14c. (implied in sprinkled), frequentative of sprenge (see spring (v.)) or via Middle Dutch, Middle Low German sprenkel "spot, speck," from PIE root *(s)preg- "to jerk, scatter" (cf. Latin spargere "to scatter, sprinkle"). The meaning "rain lightly" is first recorded 1778. Related: Sprinkling.