- 1 [with object and adverbial] Cover (an object or surface) with small drops or particles of a substance: I sprinkled the floor with waterMore example sentences
- Using a small spoon, sprinkle the surface with sago flour.
- Once the pan was hot enough, I sprinkled the smooth surface with vegetable oil and started reheating yesterday's rice.
- Pour the soup in bowls, sprinkle the surface with toasted sesame seeds, and serve with sesame crackers.
- 1.1Scatter or pour (small drops or particles of a substance) over an object or surface: sprinkle sesame seeds over the topMore example sentences
- At night she sprinkles a few drops of lavender oil on her pillow to help her sleep.
- Toast the bread slices, one side only, pile the cheese on an untoasted side, sprinkle a few drops of milk on top of the cheese and grill until the cheese bubbles.
- Once it has thickened, pour it over the fruit - sprinkle a little icing sugar over the custard to stop a skin forming.
- 1.2Distribute or disperse something randomly or irregularly throughout (something): he sprinkled his conversation with quotationsMore example sentences
- The conversation was sprinkled with just the right brand of British wit, capable of making anyone feel at home.
- Their internal monologues and many of their conversations are liberally sprinkled with French words and phrases.
- While often sad and grim, the book is nevertheless sprinkled with the author's trademark humor.
- 1.3Place or attach (a number of things) at irregularly spaced intervals: a dress with little daisies sprinkled all over itMore example sentences
- There were freckles sprinkled across his nose, which was something I had never noticed before.
- Freckles were lightly sprinkled over her nose and her hair was pulled up into a high ponytail.
- Claims such as ‘white is the new black’ or ‘history is the new cooking’ are liberally sprinkled all over the media.
- 2 [no object] (it sprinkles, it is sprinkling, etc.) North American Rain very lightly: it began to sprinkleMore example sentences
- It had begun to sprinkle lightly, but instead of hurrying home, he ignored it.
- The rain sprinkled down, as the car pulled away from the graveyard, and turned onto the highway.
- It started to sprinkle, and then rain and Jaime couldn't move.
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- 1A small quantity or amount of something scattered over an object or surface: a generous sprinkle of pepper • figurative fiction with a sprinkle of factMore example sentences
- Try adding a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper or balsamic vinegar to a bowl of freshly cut strawberries - it makes a surprising change.
- Serve with a sprinkle of chopped parsley and a swirl of cream.
- An extra drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of brown sugar on top is yummy!
- 2 [in singular] North American A light rain: the rain grew from a mere sprinkle to a respectable drizzleMore example sentences
- The rain first started as a light sprinkle but now it was getting heavier and heavier.
- The rain outside has slowed down to a light sprinkle.
- A light sprinkle on Thursday lead to an evening downpour just days before the race.
- 3 (sprinkles) chiefly North American Tiny sugar strands and balls used for decorating cakes and desserts.More example sentences
- Make some red icing and then the kids can decorate the top with sprinkles and heart shaped candies.
- We made chocolate cakes and decorated them with sprinkles.
- I bit into a doughnut covered in chocolate sprinkles.
late Middle English: perhaps from Middle Dutch sprenkelen.